From Perry Noble, here are 15 signs that a Church is in Trouble.
- When excuses are made about the way things are instead of embracing a willingness to roll up the sleeves and fix the problem.
- 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!
- 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.
- The leadership begins to settle for the natural rather than rely on the supernatural.
- 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!
- The leaders within the church cease to be coachable.
- 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!)
- Scripture isn’t central in every decision that is made!
- The church is reactive rather than proactive.
- 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.”
- 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!
- The church is no longer willing to take steps of faith because “there is just too much to lose.”
- The church simply does not care about the obvious and immediate needs that exist in the community.
- 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.
- When the leaders/staff refuse to go the extra mile in leading and serving because of how “inconvenient” doing so would be.
What do you think?