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12 signs that your church is stuck

12 signs that your church is stuck

blogslide_12signsthatyourchurchisstuckTransformational leaders don’t run when they see a need for change. They embrace it and demonstrate the courage needed to navigate the required change. They realize that change happens on a macro-level as well as a micro-level and that change almost ways leads to some level of conflict.  Some leaders have a tendency  to pretend that the status quo isn’t really that bad. Listed below are a few signs that your church needs to change:

  1. Talk doesn’t lead to action. If your decisions don’t result in significant transformation, either you are talking about things that don’t matter or you’re doing little doing in relation to your dreaming. Leaders must have a bias for action to ensure that ideas get implemented. If you keep talking about the same issues at every meeting
  2. You spend more time looking in the rearview mirror than looking through the windshield.  Your stories highlight what what used to happen rather than what’s going to happen. If your memories exceed your dreams, it may be time to change.
  3. Leaders are propping up declining programs rather than investing in new initiatives and opportunities.  Transformational leaders prepare for the next season of ministry before the current one expires.
  4. Your team is misaligned. This means you need to change your culture. Misaligned organizations will always struggle with organizational health and unity in purpose and mission.
  5. Your average age is creeping higher. A sure sign you’re missing the next generation.
  6. People rarely suggest new ideas. Your leadership culture may have become more about preservation than innovation.
  7. You don’t look like your community. Churches that have become a subculture look like themselves, not like their community.
  8. You’re not hearing stories about transformation – showing up in changed lives and changed communities.
  9. There are few adult baptisms and your new members are primarily transfers from other congregations. In addition, the number of overall baptisms has slowed.
  10. There is either a very high turnover of volunteers or a very low turnover.  In both cases, the leadership bench is usually very small.
  11. Leaders spend more time focusing on obstacles and challenges rather than emerging ministry opportunities. The prevailing mindset of leaders is based on scarcity rather than abundance.
  12. Complacency is commonplace. People are content with the status quo and inertia has set in which has sapped the overall passion and energy of the congregation. Churches stuck in neutral usually haven’t done anything exciting in the last several months.

Which of these indicators show up in your organization?  What are you doing to create a different culture?

One Comment

  1. Lou Divis
    added on 26 Feb, 2016
    Reply

    Being a bit stuck on numbers, what happened to 4-7? May they be added arbitrarily?

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