11 Challenges Fast Growing Churches Face
One of the most popular posts I have ever written is 17 Signs Of A Fast Growing Church. The following is a companion piece to that helpful post.
Fast growing churches face a unique set of challenges. There are growing pains involved even in healthy ministry environments. Let’s look take a look at 11 challenges fast growing churches face.
- The primary draw is the platform. In other words, the music, creativity, audio/visual, and preaching are primary points of attraction. Do not deny it. Quit fighting it as we are a visual society. Leverage it to the glory of God! To see how this is done just watch the video above from the incredible Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.
- Attraction (incoming audience) outpaces rotation (those leaving) but your genuine strength is uncertain.
- The growth is outpacing your ministry, staff, space, and overall infrastructure.
- The increase in observers is rapidly outpacing your owners. You have a significant shortage of volunteers.
- New leaders are unknown to your church leadership. Encourage them to humbly get involved or even create leadership positions.
- New attenders sometimes want to hi-jack vision by promoting what works well at other churches.
- Ministry strongholds can often develop a silo mentality. This is one of the reasons that current success is the greatest enemy to future success.
- There is continuous identification of new ministry opportunities. This is not a new problem. It is why seven men were appointed to serve widows in the book of Acts freeing up the disciples for prayer and service to the word.
- Accommodation becomes the norm for solving space and ministry issues. You are just trying to band-aid issues and less than optimum solutions are needed.
- Unraveling current issues can cloud long-range vision. So guard and continually communicate it. Leaders of fast growing churches must know what to say “no” to.
- The ministry need outpaces the ministry resources. Most fast growing churches are reaching dechurched individuals and young families. Young families come to churches with a house note that stretches them, two car payments, and credit card debt. A stewardship education plan like I Was Broke. Now I’m Not is critical to addressing this need.
What are your thoughts on the list above? What other challenges do you see fast growing churches face?
I want to close with a word of comfort. If you are facing the issues listed above, at least you are fast growing. At least you are making a difference. At least you are part of significant life change. At least people are finding hope, meaning, solutions, a sense of family, and most importantly, Jesus, at your ministry.
These problems sure beat the alternative.
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