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3 Ways Almost Every Church Gets Stuck

3. Stuck in the Present

Just like you can get stuck in the past and in the future, you can also get stuck in the present.

How does that happen?

It’s not that difficult.

Leaders who get stuck in the present usually have no learnings from the past or vision for the future.

One sure sign you’re stuck in the present is that there are no next steps to move you forward.

You’re not trying anything, not experimenting. You’re probably not even diagnosing.

You just are.

As a result, week after week you do the same thing only to discover diminishing returns.

And you don’t even take the time to discuss why it’s not working anymore, why the mission is dying on your watch.

That’s how you get stuck in the present.

Next Steps

So how do you get past stuck?

Learn from the past. Imagine a better future. And create a plan.

It’s easier to say than to do, but almost all effective leadership hinges on doing those three well.

Most organizations will tilt toward being stuck in the past or living in the future, but on their own, neither is healthy.

So glean lessons from the past, envision a better future and make a plan to get there.

That will help you get past stuck.

Get Past Stuck

If you want some deeper insight into how to help your church grow and move into the future, my book Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow may help.

I also created a Lasting Impact Team Edition video series to help pastors and their teams walk through the issues that are keeping a lot of churches from healthy growth. It’s a companion to the book, and I walk your team through all the key concepts in the book in eight 25-minute sessions. The book and Team Edition come complete with discussion questions. It’s a done-for-you-resource.

You can get the Team Edition here, and the book here.

What Do You See?

How have you experienced being stuck? Which form best describes your situation?

This article originally appeared here.