Why So Many Churches Are Too Busy

June 6, 2017
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Podcast Episode #334

Nearly every pastor I talk with says their church is just too busy. So why does this happen? Why do we let it become like this? Today, we tackle eight reasons.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • In the past, churches looked to programs to grow the church. That’s not the case today.
  • There’s nothing wrong with programs as long as they are the means, not the end.
  • Program-driven churches give the appearance of growth, but programs aren’t a good measure of church health.
  • More church activities do not necessarily mean more church ministry.
  • We shouldn’t settle for mediocrity in the church.
  • Simple Church is not all about cutting programs. It’s about having a process of discipleship.
  • Churches naturally gravitate toward silo behavior.
  • Silo behavior adds to the busyness in churches.
  • It’s always easier to say “yes” and add programs than to say “no” and delete them.

The eight reasons we discuss are:

  1. Activities became synonymous with ministry.
  2. Programs and ministries are added regularly, but few or none are ever deleted.
  3. Programs and ministries become sacred cows.
  4. The alignment question is not asked on the front end.
  5. Silo behavior among the different ministries of the church.
  6. Lack of an evaluation process.
  7. Ministry becomes facility-centered.
  8. Lack of courageous leadership.

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