via bcnn1.com Prior to my present place of ministry, I spent more than 20 years consulting with churches across America. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to research churches primarily in the United States. Over time I began to notice certain patterns or signs that would indicate a congregation might be headed for trouble.
After reviewing my consultation notes and research, I found 10 warning signs for churches. If a church had four or more of these signs present, I would let the leadership know that remedial efforts were in order. If six or more signs were present, I was concerned that the congregation was in immediate trouble.
The warning signs below are not listed in any particular order. Nor are they the result of a scientifically accurate study. Though the information is both experiential and anecdotal, I found it immensely helpful in diagnosing the health of a church.
Church leaders should be concerned …
— If the pastor does not have adequate time to be in the Word or if he chooses not to do so.
— If the members are spending time arguing about how money should be spent.
— If none or only a few of the key leaders are actively sharing their faith.
— If there is no clear process of discipleship in place, just a plethora of programs and activities.
— If corporate prayer is not a major emphasis in the church. read more