Carey Nieuwhof is one of the most prominent and prolific Christian bloggers of our day. Here’s a recent article about what it will take to grow your church in the coming years:
It’s a great article. And most of us Mainliners are not ready to implement the ideas in it. Why?
“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world…””
Take the quality issue. Nieuwhof says that to grow your church in the coming years, we need better quality in worship. Yup. But when we raise the bar on quality up from where we’ve been — no matter what size your church, but especially for smaller ones — we get push back.
Pushing back is what people do who don’t like what you the leader of the church are doing. They threaten to leave and take their money. Worse, they stay and keep their anger.
Anger controls people-pleasing church leaders.
Leaders withstand that control only with deep devotion to mission and a desire to make new disciples that is stronger than the desire to grow. It’s almost like you cannot care about growth if you want to grow.
If you care about mission above all else, you have a chance of withstanding the pressure that always accompanies the words, we must change.
I find that leaders either cave when there’s push back, or we get mad at those that are pushing back. That might mean that the devotion to mission is not there. It also indicates that we are fighting a battle that’s not ours to fight.
I don’t see many Mainline churches with the kind of prayer ministries that exist to fight spiritual battles. If you do not undergird growth strategies with prayer, you will not achieve transformation in your church.
Making new disciples is everyone’s job in the church. Spiritually mature Christians are always more concerned about reaching new people than they are about their own ego or preferences.
Spiritually mature Christians pray for transformation, for their church and for new people.
In my worship seminars, it is largely practical application and how-to that I teach. And I always talk about raising the bar on quality.
It’s not enough.
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