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10 Church Poisons That Will Kill Any Church

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I read recently that thousands of churches close their doors every year. Who knows how many others are on life support? We live in a time when churches need revitalization and renewal. The eternal destiny of people depend on the faithful witness of local churches.  As I think about churches dying, I’m reminded there are certain poisons that are causes of death. I call them church poisons because they are deadly, but they are avoidable. The churches that die from them do so by their own hand.

10 Church Poisons That Kill

1. Performance without participation

Like concerts, movies and athletic events, much of our worship has become spectator-oriented. A handful of well-trained (perhaps paid) musicians perform for the masses. Too often, we enjoy entertainment without experiencing engagement.

2. Information without inspiration

With advancement in technology and a multitude of media sources, we are drowning in information. Clearly, this phenomenon has spilled over into the church. Sermons, conferences, seminars and Bibles studies are good, but some have sat and soaked so long that they’ve soured.

3. Mirrors without windows

Too many churches stare at themselves in the mirror, primping and preparing for the home town fans. Instead, we should be peering out windows, looking for local needs and global opportunities.

4. Attachment without commitment

Those who used to attend two or three times a month are now coming once or twice. Most people I run across claim an affiliation with a congregation, yet too many lack affection for its mission. They want to be included on the roll without taking a role.

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Todd has been a pastor since 1990 and currently serves as First Baptist LaFayette, GA. In addition to eleven books, he has written for Focus on the Family, Leadership, Pray, War Cry, and numerous LifeWay publications.