Why Churches Move from Growth to Maintenance

November 1, 2016
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Podcast Episode #273


Maintenance mode can take over in any church regardless of its age or its size. Today, we discuss how to combat it and how to stay focused on the mission.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Regardless of the age or size of a church, the natural tendency is to turn inwardly focused.
  • Reversing the natural tendency of a church requires a supernatural response.
  • Churches often have too many activities because they won’t get rid of the ones that need to go.
  • Almost any time you try to stop doing something in a church you will meet resistance.
  • When you do something different that how a church has always done it, you will have conflict.
  • Strategy is implicit and explicit throughout Scripture.
  • There are very few times when culture is amenable to the church.
  • A church’s attitude has to turn around before the actions of the church will turn around.

The 11 reasons churches move from growth to maintenance are:

  1. It is a natural tendency.
  2. Too many activities (keeping the plates spinning).
  3. Failure to kill programs and activities
  4. Conflict
  5. Lack of strategic leadership
  6. Pet programs and preferences
  7. Biblical drift
  8. Excuses
  9. Lack of faith
  10. Lack of courage
  11. Comfort

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