Seven Symptoms of a Dying Church

Episode #529
April 19, 2019
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Dying churches often exhibit symptoms of dying along the way. Today we cover seven of these symptoms and how to combat them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • When a church is in “fight mode, it is inwardly focused and likely not reaching people for Christ.
  • Meetings always seem to fill the time slot you give for them. Don’t give them more time than is actually needed to cover the business at hand.
  • There is usually to be plenty of blame being thrown around in dying churches.
  • Church vernacular can be off-putting to guests. It’s like hearing people speak in a foreign language.

The seven symptoms that we discuss are:

  1. Continuous battles
  2. Numerical declines of three or more years
  3. Rooms as idols
  4. Memorials and plaques
  5. Prolonged meetings
  6. Deflection of blame
  7. Methodological stability

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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