You keep telling us what we need to do to grow. But what if I don’t want my church to grow? Any suggestions?
I assume you are being facetious. But I’ll play along. Here’s a short list of the common things you can do to keep your church from growing:
- Don’t set any goals or make any long term plans. Just coast along month after month and before you know it your sanctuary will empty.
- Don’t have any organized outreach activities. Since an organized effort always accomplishes more, stay away from any group outreach activities.
- If you do plan any outreach activities, make sure they are older than Methuselah. Don’t even think about trying anything new or different. It might work.
- Avoid delegating anything. As pastor, try to do everything yourself. This way you will quickly run out of time and very little will get done.
- Don’t organize your church’s ministries. Rather than everyone working for a common goal, let each church ministry do their own thing.
- Don’t be friendly to your visitors. Just ignore them and they will not want to come back.
- Don’t follow-up on visitors. This would include sending letters, making phone calls, visiting them, etc. Doing any of these might encourage them to return.
- Don’t read any books on church growth or attend any growth seminars. And make sure none of your church leaders does any of these things either.
- Don’t teach any home Bible studies. Don’t train your people to do them either. In fact, never mention the subject.
- Don’t advertise your church. Especially if your church does not sit a main road. This way no one will know where you are.
- Don’t do any new convert care activities. Adopt a ‘sink or swim’ attitude toward all converts. Totally ignore the three basic needs of converts: instruction, fellowship and involvement.
- Don’t pray for revival. Don’t encourage your saints to do this either.
- Ridicule others who want to grow. Emphasize that only quality, not quantity, is important. Those who want to grow are just playing a ‘numbers game.’
- Make no plans to build or relocate. Keep your vision small. After all, what you now have is paid off. Who needs a mortgage payment?
- Say the days of revival are past. Preach that in the end-time there will be a ‘great falling away.’ After all, the proof will be your own church.