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So…what’s the difference between a growing church and a declining church?
Well there are many, but one of the biggest differences I see is the attitude of the leaders.
Leaders - Churches - Share - Attitude
The leaders of growing churches almost always share a common attitude.
So do the leaders of declining churches.
Attitude - Influence - Results - Church
And the attitude has a huge influence over the results each church sees.
Attitude may or may not be everything, but it’s close.
Differences - Churches - Churches
Here are 5 attitude differences I see again and again in growing churches and declining churches.
Perhaps the biggest differences I see between growing churches and declining churches is the attitude around what’s possible.
Growing churches believe they can.
Declining churches believe they can’t.
They’re both right.
One of my all time favourite quotes is Henry Ford’s “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.” He’s correct.
Churches - Way - Way - God - Bible
Growing churches make a way when there’s no way, which seems to be what God specializes in if you read the Bible.
Growing churches make a way when there’s no way, which is something God specializes in.
Leadership - Table - Ways - Reasons - Church
When you sit around your leadership table, do you come up with 20 ways to make it happen, or 20 reasons why it won’t work? That tells you far more about your church than you probably want it to.
Growing churches believe they can. It’s that simple. And even if they’re wrong, at least they tried. The mission is important enough to take significant risk.
Churches - Churches
Growing churches believe they can. Declining churches believe they can’t. They’re both right.
Declining churches focus on themselves.
Churches - Focus - People
Growing churches focus on the people they’re trying to reach.
If your leadership table conversations are all about the needs and wants of your members, it’s a sign that your church is insider focused.
Mission - Church - World - Churches
The mission of the church is to reach the world. Growing churches not only know that; they live it.
Besides, who likes to hang out with selfish...
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