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Is your church growing like you believe it ought to be?
Churches face many different growth barriers, including small facilities that cannot accommodate a growing congregation, an ineffective strategy to mobilize members for ministry, and unresolved conflict.
Growth - Church
Do you ever wonder why growth just isn’t happening in your church?
As a church grows, the pastor’s role must grow, too.
Role - Changes - Church - Point - Barrier
If your role never changes, your church will reach a certain point and never move beyond it. If you are unwilling to change, you will become a barrier to growth in your church.
A pastor must make many changes, but the most common barrier to growth is when a pastor believes they must be the one person to shepherd everyone the church reaches.
Church - Role - Everyone - Church - Shepherds
For your church to grow, your role must change. To grow, you won’t be able to shepherd everyone your church reaches. You’ll need to learn to shepherd the shepherds. You’ll need to become a rancher.
In fact, your role will change multiple times as your church grows. For example:
Church - People - Owner-operator - Entrepreneur - Work
In a single-cell church of 150 people or fewer, you’re an owner-operator or an entrepreneur. You do most of the work yourself. You preach the sermon, print the bulletin, unlock the church, and sweep up. You minister to everyone your church reaches.
The multiple-cell church has approximately 150 to 400 people. You have several “cells” in the church: Sunday school classes, small groups, men’s ministries, women’s ministries, and so on. In this setting, you’ll need to make the shift from a shepherd to a rancher because you’re no longer doing most of the ministry yourself. You’re managing others who do it.
Multiple-congregation - Church - Role - Executive - Ministries
In the multiple-congregation church, you must transition to the role of an executive. You’ll probably have ministries the size of small churches. You’re fully in rancher mode in your role now. You’re no longer doing the hands-on work...
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