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The Seven Nails in the Church Coffin

Posted Posted by jenny on April 25th, 2012 in Articles     Comments No comments

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Statistics show that churches are dying at an alarming rate in the United States. The most disconcerting thought is that the church is nailing their coffin shut.



Nail #1 – Tradition: Let us keep doing things the way we have always done it.

Nail #2 – Bureaucracy: Churches maintain the present system.

Nail #3 – Inertia: Churches maintaining the present direction. Members are focused on the insiders rather than the outsiders.

Nail #4 – Caution: Fear of change. Most churches struggle with making decisions.

Nail #5 – Busyness: I do not know a pastor who would say they are not extremely busy. Unfortunately, they are busy doing less mission critical activities. Churches use sideways energy.

Nail #6 – Clarity: No one seems to have a clear picture of what, why and how.

Nail #7 – Apathy: No one really cares.

Drop the hammer before it is too late! It is not too late to stop the funeral. However, the church will need to make difficult changes. Look at the alternative and decide what choice you want to make.


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