Why Church Members Dislike Church Growth

May 29, 2015
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Podcast Episode #128


We discuss why church members dislike change and ways that pastors and church staff can help ease this tension when a church begins to grow. This comes from a recent blog post entitled Seven Reasons Some Church Members Don’t Want Their Churches to Grow..

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • When there is growth taking place, new people come into a church and things change.
  • Many times we are too concerned about our needs, our preferences, and our comforts in the church.
  • When churches grow, groups are the key to maintaining intimacy.
  • As a church grows larger, it has to grow smaller through groups.
  • Worship style continues to be an explosive issue in many churches.
  • Don’t just explain the what of a change but the why as well.

The seven reasons some church members do not like church growth are:

  1. Loss of familiarity.
  2. Loss of memories.
  3. Loss of comfort.
  4. Loss of power.
  5. Loss of perceived intimacy.
  6. Loss of worship style.
  7. Loss of worship time.

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