Below, Bill Easum hits the nail on the head again. I always say, small churches are small for a reason. If you follow blogs, Bill's is a good one because he is always pithy and to the point, not to mention brutally honest.
Want to know some of the reasons churches stay small? Here are some good ones:
Why Churches Don’t Break the 200 Barrier
Earlier I blogged about what it takes to grow a church from 0-500. Now here are my thoughts about why churches fail to break the 200 in worship barrier.
The church loses its focus on evangelism and turns inward on itself
The laity starts running the church instead of inviting their networks.
The pastor does not respond personally to every signed in visitor with 24-48 hours.
Either the pastor fails to hand-off most ministries or the church expects the pastor to do the ministry and to care for all the people.
The pastor either doesn’t learn how to hire, grow, and fire staff or a church committee does the hiring and firing of all staff.
The church doesn’t see the need to hire more staff, especially a solid worship leader.
The church members expect the pastor to focus on them now that there are enough people to sustain the budget.
Why Churches Don’t Break the 200 Barrier � Bill Easums Observations