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
This is a close cousin of points 2 and 3 above, but the difference is deadly or life-giving depending on where you land.
Growing churches are . They choose their agenda and immediately get on issues that can impact their future.
Declining churches are reactive, letting members determine the agenda and reacting to problems as they arise.
In fact, most declining churches are so busy reacting to problems other people raise that they never get around to charting a course for the future.
If you never get around to charting a course for the future, you will have no future.
Growing churches have a strong bias for setting their agendas, not in the selfish sense, but in a way that determined leaders see what the mission requires and decide to deal with it.
The leaders in a growing church simply refuse to yield to the agenda of others that would take them off mission.
And as a result, they are far more effective.