Monday, September 7, 2015

September 8, 2015

5 Significant Attitude Differences That Separate Growing and Declining Churches

Carey Nieuwhof

I received this article in an email last week and thought it offers insight into the importance of attitude and its impact on a congregation. Since churches are made up of people and since people have attitudes, churches have attitudes!

Throughout the week I will share one thought each day.

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.

The leaders of growing churches almost always share a common attitude.

So do the leaders of declining churches.

And the attitude has a huge influence over the results each church sees.

Attitude may or may not be everything, but it’s close.

Here is the first of 5 attitude differences I see again and again in growing churches and declining churches.

1. We Can vs. We Can’t

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 favorite quotes is Henry Ford’s “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.”  He’s correct.

Growing churches make a way when there’s no way, which seems to be what God specializes in if you read the Bible.

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.