Six Ways Comparisons Hurt Church Revitalization

Episode #126
January 2, 2020
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Comparison is an easy trap to fall into. It is tempting to look at a “more successful” church and wish we had a different situation. But as Thom and Mark peel back the onion we discover six ways comparison hurts church revitalization.


  1. Comparison creates dissatisfaction among members with the pastors and staff
  2. Pastors and church staff can have the “green grass” syndrome when they compare their churches and its members with some other church.
  3. Comparisons create unhealthy expectations.
  4. When we compare, we become consumer-members instead of serving members.
  5. Comparing creates a culture of criticism.
  6. When we compare, we don’t take time to “look in the mirror.”

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