10. Any growth you have is transfer growth
But wait, some will say, we’re growing. We had some new members last year!
That’s awesome. But who are you reaching?
If your growth is mostly transfer growth, you’re pulling from an ever-smaller pool of people.
If you’re reaching unchurched people with little or no church background, the future is much brighter.
11. The core team is not fundamentally healthy
How does your leadership get along?
Do you like hanging out with each other? Do you resolve conflict directly, quickly and effectively?
Are you growing in your faith and in your skill set?
Are you living in a way today-physically, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally—that will help you thrive tomorrow?
Are you aligned around a common mission, vision and strategy? (Here are five things North Point has taught me about team alignment.)
If you can answer yes to most of those questions, you’re healthy.
If not, there’s some work to do.
But here’s the truth: health at the top is health at the bottom. Dysfunction at the top is dysfunction at the bottom.
If you want a healthy church, grow a healthy leadership team.
Health at the top is health at the bottom. Dysfunction at the top is dysfunction at the bottom.
Other Signs? Those are 11 signs I see that a congregation might be going extinct.