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6 Lies Preachers Tell Themselves about Church Growth

As long as I preach the word of God my church will grow

Good luck with that! Preachers can’t just open the Bible and start preaching and expect people to flock to their churches. Much of the culture is skeptical of the Bible and don’t feel it’s relevant to their lives. Preachers must first convince listeners that the Christian faith is credible and applicable to life before they will be open to hearing the word of God. In Acts when the Apostle Paul preached to Gentiles and Greek philosophers he did not quote Jewish prophets. Instead, he sought to understand them and then conveyed how the word of God spoke to their context.

Modern worship styles will fade away

Many so called gurus claim that a growing number of people are tired of modern worship styles and feel drawn to traditional worship. I don’t know what they’re smoking. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fastest growing churches in America have worship services that are progressive concert-like light shows with high energy, cutting edge Christian music. Churches who continue to resist this trend do so at their own peril.

Millennials don’t want to be part of a church

This is complete rubbish. Millennials don’t want to be part of a church that is preoccupied with issues they don’t care about. There are many examples of churches who are reaching millennials. These churches have taken the time to connect with millennials and provide ministries that speak their language and engage them.

You have to sell out to grow a large church

I believe pastors and churches who don’t want to change tell themselves this lie to feel better. There is nothing wrong with a small church. We need churches of all sizes, but to suggest that growing a large church requires compromising your faith is ridiculous. The good news of Jesus Christ is attractive so it is natural for a church to grow. Let’s not forget that on Pentecost about 3,000 people were converted to Christ. Growth is a sign of a healthy church.

If my church had more money it would grow

Your church can have all the money in the world and still die. It’s not about having money; it’s about having money in the right places. To be more specific, it’s about giving money to the right people. Churches that grow have competent leadership, staff, and musicians who are well paid.

If I build a church they will come

This is a lie because it’s incomplete. If you build a church within the right demographic people will (possibly) come. Demographics is one of the most understated aspects of church growth. I don’t know why. It’s not rocket science. Most big churches are smack dab in the middle of growing, well populated areas. For example, Saddleback and Church of the Resurrection have superb leadership but it’s not a coincidence that when these churches were launched they were located in two of the fastest growing areas in America.

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