Why Churches Choose to Die

November 27, 2015
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Podcast Episode #178


We discuss how churches—intentionally or not—choose to die. Whether it be elevating negotiables to the status of non-negotiables or just refusing to face reality, churches often choose to die rather than choosing to change.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • When a church has an attitude that the pastor works for them to meet their needs, it’s already dying.
  • Many churches who feel they are “the friendliest church in town” truly are friendly…to one another.
  • Pastors too often blame new churches or megachurches for their church’s failure to reach their community.
  • A church who is all about what it is against is on a path to dying as a church.
  • There are some church members who would rather let people die and go to hell than to lose their preferences in church.

The five ways churches act in such a way that they effectively choose to die are:

  1. They refuse to face reality. 
  2. They are more concerned about greater comfort than the Great Commission. 
  3. They are unwilling to accept responsibility.
  4. They are too busy fighting and criticizing.
  5. They are confusing non-negotiables with negotiables.

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