How Stability Can Hurt a Church

July 7, 2017
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Podcast Episode #343

Stability is often a goal for churches. Unfortunately stable churches are often stagnant churches. So when we talk about stable churches today, it’s in that context. And there are five reasons that can be a very bad thing for a church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Stable doctrine can be good thing. Stagnant ministry is not.
  • A stagnant church is not a church on mission.
  • Comfort is often the enemy of obedience.
  • For too many church members, the extent of their missions involvement is just giving money.
  • One of the biggest mistakes churches make is not being intentional about starting new groups.
  • If you’re not creating new groups, your church is likely inwardly focused.
  • Being a part of a local church means making a commitment to focus on others.

The five points we cover are:

  1. A stable church is not a church on mission.
  2. Comfort is the enemy of obedience.
  3. Stable churches are not reaching their communities.
  4. Stable churches do not create new groups.
  5. Members of stable churches want the focus to be on their preferences.

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