Did you know 85% of churches are plateaued or declining? Churches that
were once flourishing aren’t now. The question is why? How does a church
lose its momentum? How can we keep this from happening at First Free?
Here are 5 things that cause the church to lose momentum. Would you take
the time to evaluate these things relative to First Free? If you’re
willing to share, I would enjoy hearing your findings.
1.The vision is unclear. Slowly and
quietly, a church forgets why it is doing what it is doing. Can you state
First Free’s vision and mission? Do you know why we do what we do? Do you
know why we do it the way we do it? If not, ask someone who knows.
2.Gravitational pull takes over. The
gravitational pull in churches is always inward. A church will tend to design
its services, ministries, and programs for those who currently attend
rather than for those that aren’t yet convinced. Does First Free struggle
with gravitational pull? Do we think more of the insiders or more of the
people we are trying to reach?
3.Energy and enthusiasm decrease. When we forget
why we do what we do, we eventually lose our passion. Do we spur each
other on to love and good deeds? How would you measure First Free's
passion for the lost people?
4.Two front doors are neglected. Today, people
check out a church on the website before attending the service. Is our
web presence desirable for someone searching? Does it convey a positive,
hopeful, first impression? The second front door is the service itself.
To maximize the hopes that more people might give Jesus and the church
one more shot, is our service conducive to the people we want to reach?
5.The leader stops growing. A congregation
never grows beyond the growth of its leader. The number one mistake
pastors make is isolation. Praise God the church allows me a coach to
help me continue growing.
Blessings, Pastor Mark "The Bru" Brunott
P.S. Don’t forget it’s Invite a Friend Day at First Free this Sunday! Any
friend you bring will identify with and appreciate our new series:
Adventure: Making Life Thrilling Again. See you at 9:15 and 11:00 for the
start of an adventure!