15 Signs a Church is in TROUBLE!!!

28 Jan

This originally came from Perry Noble If we know the warning signs, recognize them, and then take action! Maybe not so many churches would fail. Would love to hear your thoughts. Do any of these ring true in your experience? Which numbers?

#1 – When excuses are made about the way things are instead of embracing a willingness to roll up the sleeves and fix the problem.

#2 – When the church becomes content with merely receiving people that come rather than actually going out and finding them…in other words, they lose their passion for evangelism!

#3 – The focus of the church is to build a great church (complete with the pastors picture…and his wife’s…on everything) and not the Kingdom of God.

#4 – The leadership begins to settle for the natural rather than rely on the supernatural.

#5 – The church begins to view success/failure in regards to how they are viewed in the church world rather than whether or not they are actually fulfilling the Great Commission!

#6 – The leaders within the church cease to be coachable.

#7 – There is a loss of a sense of urgency! (Hell is no longer hot, sin is no longer wrong and the cross is no longer important!)

#8 – Scripture isn’t central in every decision that is made!

#9 – The church is reactive rather than proactive.

#10 – The people in the church lose sight of the next generation and refuse to fund ministry simply because they don’t understand “those young people.”

#11 – The goal of the church is to simply maintain the way things are…to NOT rock the boat and/or upset anyone…especially the big givers!

#12 – The church is no longer willing to take steps of faith because “there is just too much to lose.”

#13 – The church simply does not care about the obvious and immediate needs that exist in the community.

#14 – The people learn how to depend on one man to minister to everyone rather than everyone embracing their role in the body, thus allowing the body to care for itself.

#15 – When the leaders/staff refuse to go the extra mile in leading and serving because of how “inconvenient” doing so would be.


3 Responses to “15 Signs a Church is in TROUBLE!!!”

  1. johngaray January 30, 2010 at 5:28 AM #

    Man… there is so much truth to all of this…. gonna share it with my pastor…

  2. Andy Disher January 31, 2010 at 5:40 AM #

    What happens if… where you are is doing at least 1 of those things. Pretty scary list. I’m tempted to share this with our leadership team, but also afraid of the response. “What would that be??” .. probably what it has been for a while…

    “Oh well.. what are we going to do..??”

    Best thing to do… Learn from this, aim NOT to fall into any of these 15 things, and pass on this knowledge to those that will listen.

  3. Gayla Ortega January 31, 2010 at 5:51 PM #

    How convicting…and how challenging!

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