The Anatomy of a Sick Church

Episode #144
July 24, 2015
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Podcast Episode #144

We explain the 10 symptoms found in sick churches. Some may exhibit a few of these—others may exhibit all of them. Jonathan also shares an idea for a church food blog.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches without a joyous spirit are most likely to be ones in decline.
  • There needs to be a way to measure evangelistic fruit in your church.
  • A church with a conversion ratio higher than 40:1 is showing symptoms of evangelistic sickness.
  • Social ministry without sharing the gospel within the ministry context will not lead to evangelistic growth.
  • Consider hosting ESL classes on Sunday mornings as an entry point to worship services.
  • Church guest information cards have become too complicated and often ask too much information.

The 10 symptoms found in a sick church are:

  1. Declining worship attendance.
  2. Decline in frequency of attendance of church members.
  3. Lack of joy and vibrancy in the worship service.
  4. Little evangelistic fruit.
  5. Low community impact.
  6. More meetings than ministry.
  7. Acrimonious business meetings.
  8. Very few guests in worship services.
  9. Worship wars.
  10. Unrealistic expectations of pastoral care.

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