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15 Things Growing Churches Understand (that dying churches do not)

September 12, 2017

I like Social Media. I really do. It is a huge wave.  We do well to learn to surf.  Over the course of a day I can keep up with huge numbers of people in the time it would take to complete a single phone call.  I also like the fact that people read my stuff and listen to my sermons while I am doing other things. Facebook Live has been an exponential game changer.  We can reach roughly ten to fifteen times any live audience simply by broadcasting.  I had a blog this year go well over 2.8 million reads.  This is all crazy cool.

There is a lot of stuff about church on Social Media.  A whole lot.  Some of it is really good.  A lot of it is terrible.  So, rather than respond individually to a hundred articles that I think are off base (some not even in the ballpark and others not even in a state containing a ballpark), I am going to toss them all into a blender, add some ice and pour out an ecclesiastical frappe.

Here are 15 Things Growing Churches Understand:

  1. Churches don’t turn around on their own 
  2. Sr. Pastors must also be strategic leaders 
  3. People no longer have name brand loyalty
  4. Denominational dysfunctions affect congregations 
  5. Guilt, duty and obligation are not effective motivation tools 
  6. Believing the “right” stuff does not make a church grow 
  7. Music style has everything to do with reaching new people 
  8. Bulletin driven worship, well dressed parishioners and organ music are not making a major comeback 
  9. It is your own fault if your church is dying 
  10. Doing good deeds does not grow churches
  11. People want solid Biblical teaching and preaching 
  12. Church must be high energy 
  13. People are looking for community 
  14. People are seeking a sense of purpose 
  15. There has never been a more exciting time to be the church 

The Christ Church has  grown from just over 200 to well over 2,200 in the past twenty years.  Growth involves risk.  We are launching eight new faith communities this fall. Their success is far from certain.  I believe the greatest risk any church can take in 2017 is hoping that 1958 is going to suddenly return. Norman Rockwell’s America is gone. You may have liked that America better but it simply doesn’t matter. We have to reach this world for Jesus today.

Getting our head’s around some solid understanding is a great place to start.

Shane 2017

Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.

  1. Charles permalink

    Very true. Especially am drawn to 13 and totally am pumped about 15.

  2. Reblogged this on Kingdom Pastor and commented:
    Some great insights. Which one or ones speak to you the loudest? Please share in Comments. For me it’s #4, 13, and 14

  3. gospelfireblog permalink

    Rev. Shane, this is an absolute wisdom for our contemporary churches. I am blessed by it, God bless u Sir

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