7. Too many events and programs that lead nowhere.
Activity does not equal accomplishment. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re being effective.
If you check into most small churches (remember, I was there…I’m not judging, just being honest), there are a lot of programs that accomplish little and lead nowhere. Stop them.
Yes, people will be mad. Even have the courage to cut some good programs. Good is the enemy of great. Then go out and do a few great things.
8. The pastor suffers from a desire to please everybody.
Many pastors I know are people-pleasers by nature. Go see a counselor. Get on your knees. Do whatever you need to do to get over the fear of disappointing people.
Courageous leadership is like courageous parenting. Don’t do what your kids want you to do; do what you believe is best for them in the end. Eventually, many of them will thank you.
And the rest? Honestly, they’ll probably go to another church that isn’t reaching many people either.
I realize the diagnosis can sound a little harsh, but we have a pretty deep problem on our hands. And radical problems demand radical solutions.
What have you seen that helps churches push past attendance barriers?
Listen to our interview with Carey Nieuwhof on this article on the ChurchLeaders Podcast.