5 Significant Attitude Differences That Separate Growing and Declining Churches
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 each church sees.
Attitude may or may not be everything, but it’s close.
Here are 5 attitude differences I see again and again in growing churches and declining churches.
1. We Can vs. We Can’t
2. Them vs. Us
3. Principles vs. Preferences
4. Proactive vs. Reactive
5. Now vs. Eventually
Growing churches act. And they act now.
Declining churches don’t.
Declining churches don’t actually they won’t act, they’ll just say they’ll get to it ‘eventually’, or someday, or ‘when the time is right’—which means never.
By contrast, as I outlined , great leaders and great teams banish the word ‘someday’ and from their vocabulary.
If you want to be effective, you act.
If you want to be ineffective, you don’t.
Talk without action has little value. And too many church leaders specialize in talk.
In addition, too many church teams meet for the sake of meeting.
If you can’t remember a the last time you made a major decision that changed the course of your church, your leaders are wasting their time.
If you talk about the same issues meeting after meeting with no resolution, you’re spinning your wheels.
Does that mean you have to act on everything? Well, yes and no.
If you’re not going to act, strike the item off the agenda and move on.
If you are going to act, act. Now.
Just make a decision and move on with it. Don’t get stuck in the no man’s land of believing the lie that talking about things solves things.
As my friend Casey Graham says, action produces traction. So act.