1. The pastor is the primary caregiver.
Honestly, if you just push past this one issue, you will have made a ton of progress. When the pastor has to visit every sick person, do every wedding and funeral, and make regular house calls, he or she becomes incapable of doing other things. That model just doesn’t scale.
If you’re good at it, you’ll grow the church to 200 people and then disappoint people when you can’t get to every event any more. Or you’ll just burn out. It creates false expectations and so many people get hurt in the process.
2. The leaders lack a strategy.
Many churches today are clear on mission and vision. What most lack is a widely shared and agreed upon strategy.
Your vision and mission answers the why and what of your organization. Your strategy answers how. And how is critical.
Spend time working through your strategy. Be clear on how you will accomplish your mission and don’t rest until the mission, vision and strategy reside in every single volunteer and leader.
3. True leaders aren’t leading.
In every church, there are people who hold the position of leadership and then there are people who are truly leaders (who may not hold any position in your church).
Release people who hold titles but aren’t advancing the mission, and hand the job over to real leaders. Look for people who have a track record of handling responsibility in other areas of life and give them the job of leading the church into the future with you.
If you actually have leaders leading, it will make a huge difference.