200 Barrier

#BestOf2014: Why Some Great Churches Grow Big, But Most Don’t

Too many good pastors of good churches have been living in guilt, frustration and self-condemnation because their church isn’t getting bigger. After all, they’ve been told that a healthy church will always grow and inevitably become a big church.

That’s just not true. There’s an entirely separate list of skills, assets and exterior circumstances needed for the kind of consistent church growth that leads to bigness. And, while it’s great when the list of elements needed for a healthy church combines with the list needed for a big church, they rarely do.

So, if you’re pastoring or attending a healthy church, possibly even a great church, but it’s not becoming the big church you were told was virtually inevitable, that’s OK. You’re not failing. You’re normal.

We Followed the Steps – Where’s the Church Growth?

There are many churches who are following all the principles, but never break through the growth barriers.

There are no guaranteed steps to church growth or health. Because the church is people. And people never come with guarantees.

So, what’s a pastor to do? Here’s the only advice I know.

Stay faithful, no matter the results. Faithfulness doesn’t help us reach our goals. Faithfulness is the goal.

“So, Will This Session Help My Church Break Through the 200 Barrier? No? Uh… OK…”

Helping Small Churches become healthy before they get bigger is a revolutionary idea. It shouldn’t be, but it is. And it probably will be for a while. But dents are being made. Let me tell you about some that were made this week. On Wednesday I was honored to represent Small Church pastors by being …

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The Surprising Reason 80% of Churches Will Never Break the 200 Barrier

Breaking through the 200 barrier. Sometimes it feels like the only pastoring principle anyone has talked about for the past 30 years. In case you haven’t heard of it, the 200 barrier is the invisible ceiling a church must break through if it doesn’t want to be a Small Church any more. Do a Google …

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