Don't simply try to conserve the high you achieved during revival week. read more
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How to Overcome Church Planting Barriers
Church planters should consider attending the Breaking Barriers pre-conference at Exponential East this year. read more
6 Early Warning Signs of Church Dropouts
Here's how you can detect someone is unhappy before they leave your church. read more
LifeWay Study Reveals Some Encouraging News About God's Church
Christ followers who need some good news should take this to heart. read more
9 Surprises in Worship Services That Made Guests Return
You might want to try these if you want people to come back. read more
8 More Trends in American Churches in 2016
As a church, you must adapt to change or die. It is becoming that simple. read more
8 Characteristics of Evangelistic Church Growth Leaders
From your experience, what would you add to this list? read more
4 Reasons People Won't Visit Your Church and What You Can Do About It
Are than any other reasons you've discovered why people are reluctant to attend your church? read more
30 Things People Want From a Church Service
Would you add anything to this list? read more
9 Strategic Principles For Revitalizing Your Church
Do you want your church to become stronger and healthier? Check this out. read more
Healthy Church Growth: Measuring What Matters
What type of numbers do you celebrate? read more
These 18 Numbers Indicate the Health of Your Church
A good farmer inspects his vines for fruit. Then he takes action to enable them to bear more fruit. read more
Once-Dwindling Congregation Becomes One of Fastest-Growing in U.S.
"The bottom line is salvation," Glenn says. "As long as I can see that happening and growing, then everything else is peripheral." read more
10 Terrible Reasons to Be Done With Church
If you think you're done with church for any of these reasons, here's a challenge to prompt you to think differently. read more
Here's the Biggest Reason Why People Don't Become Church Members
More than anything, this will drive people away from your church rather than draw them to it. read more
4 Church Growth Secrets From 2,800 Years Ago
Is Your Church Designed or Destined to Grow?
Should goals be set and chased, or is it all a divine mystery? read more
7 Reasons Some Church Members Don’t Want to See Church Growth
It is highly unusual to hear church members say that they don't desire their churches to be obedient to the Great Commission. Indeed, it is common for the members of a pastor search committee to tell a prospective pastor that they are looking for a leader who will guide the church toward growth.
And most church members do desire to see their churches grow ... until the growth affects them. It is at that point they can become disillusioned and critical.
So what is it about growth that impacts some members negatively? Let me suggest seven reasons:
1. Loss of familiarity. When a church is growing, it becomes a different church over time. The difference is not necessarily good or bad, but it's not the same as it was in earlier years. Some church members grieve when they see their churches change. They miss "the good old days."
2. Loss of memories. I recently heard a poignant story from a lady whose church was demolishing the old worship center to build a new one to accommodate growth. She and her husband were married in the old worship center. She understandably grieved at the loss of that physical reminder of their wedding.
3. Loss of comfort. Growth can mean that the closest parking spots are no longer available. Growth can mean that the traffic flow in the parking lot is more difficult. Church members can feel that their creature comforts are compromised by growth.
4. Loss of power. New people in a church can mean that power bases are diluted. The growth can result in new influencers in the church. Some of the longer-tenured influencers may not like that.
5. Loss of perceived intimacy. It's a common response: "I used to know everyone in this church. I just don't feel as close to members as I once did." Indeed, growth can mean that all the members may not know each other as they did when the church was smaller.
6. Loss of worship style. New members and attendees might have different worship style preferences. They often influence church leaders to make changes. Existing members may resent these changes. They might also start worship wars.
7. Loss of worship time. Growth in the church may necessitate adding worship services or changing times of worship services. Some members may be frustrated that they have lost "their" worship time.
Obedience to the Great Commission often results in growth in the church. But growth in the church is not always received well by some members.
Some of these members have an attitude that the church is there to serve them and to cater to their needs. Healthy church members understand they are to be giving and sacrificial members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). They will rejoice when more members join the fellowship, and when more people become believers in Christ.
Have you experienced the phenomenon of anti-growth members in your church? How did it manifest itself? I look forward to hearing from you.
Thom Rainer is the president of LifeWay Christian Resources. For the original article, visit thomrainer.com. read more
The Lego Principle: An Interview With Joey Bonifacio
Since 1984, Victory Manila in the Philippines has planted 60 churches. Joey Bonifacio, one of the pastors of Victory Manila, explains why the growth has been exponential. read more
Why Most Churches Don’t Exceed 350 in Average Attendance
An overwhelming amount of church services never hit this level in attendance. What's the reason? read more