Click below to read the NRSV of the Bible, Lectionary and Devotionals
I read an interesting article the other day by Carey Nieuwhof that I would like to share with you. What do you think? Are we a growing or declining church?
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 results 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 v. We Can’t
Perhaps the biggest differences I see between growing churches and declining churches is the attitude around what’s possible.
Growing churches believe they can.
Declining churches believe they can’t.
They’re both right.
One of my all time favourite quotes is Henry Ford’s “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.” He’s correct.
Growing churches make a way when there’s no way, which seems to be what God specializes in if you read the Bible.
When you sit around your leadership table, do you come up with 20 ways to make it happen, or 20 reasons why it won’t work? That tells you far more about your church than you probably want it to.
Growing churches believe they can. It’s that simple. And even if they’re wrong, at least they tried. The mission is important enough to take significant risk.
2. Them v. Us
Declining churches focus on themselves.
Growing churches focus on the people they’re trying to reach.
If your leadership table conversations are all about the needs and wants of your members, it’s a sign that your church is insider focused.
The mission of the church is to reach the world. Growing churches not only know that; they live it.
Besides, who likes to hang out with selfish people?
And ironically, selfish people almost always end up in a very surprising place: alone. Because a life devoted to self ultimately leaves you alone. That’s also true for selfish churches.
If you’re becoming smaller and smaller, is it because you’re selfish?
Allison thinks we’re not deep enough.
Bill wants to start a new program.
And so the leaders respond, trying to please everybody.
In reality, declining churches bend to the preferences of its members.
Growing churches don’t.
Instead, they focus on the principles (even strategies) that will help them reach new people.
Is your leadership team principle driven or preference driven? There’s a world of difference between the two.
4. Proactive v. 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 proactive. 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 own 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.
5. Now v. Eventually
Growing churches act. And they act now.
Declining churches don’t.
Declining churches don’t actually say they won’t act, they’ll just say they’ll get to it ‘eventually’, or some-day, or ‘when the time is right’—which means never.
By contrast, great leaders and great teams banish the word ‘someday’ and other words from their vocabu-lary.
If you want to be effective, you act.
If you want to be ineffective, you don’t.
Talk without action has little value. And too many church leaders specialize in talk.
In addition, too many church teams meet for the sake of meeting.
If you can’t remember a the last time you made a major decision that changed the course of your church, your leaders are wasting their time.
If you talk about the same issues meeting after meeting with no resolution, you’re spinning your wheels.
Does that mean you have to act on everything? Well, yes and no.
If you’re not going to act, strike the item off the agenda and move on.
If you are going to act, act. Now.
Just make a decision and move on with it. Don’t get stuck in the no man’s land of believing the lie that talking about things solves things.
As my friend Casey Graham says, action produces traction. So act.
Paul & Ginny Tucker
Johnny & Mildred Hehr
Hall & Sally Kinney
Bob & Chris Newcomb
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Hargis Fryman III
Victims of Gun Violence
This sweet couple is celebrating
their 67th wedding anniversary
today, June 3, 2018
Believe It or Not Book Club
Our next meeting is June 19 at noon at Biancke’s and the book title is: Love Wins by Rob Bell.
Cedar Ridge Service 2:00 PM
on Sunday, June 3
Flock 4 (Penguins) will be assisting with the service.
Members of Flock 4 are: J W Burrier, Brenda Burrier, Darwin & Linda Root, Greg & Debbie Cooper, Russ & Crystle Arnold, John Russell & Nash Ar-nold, Jim & Betsy Clyde, Theresa & Rusty Cook, Steven & Brandi Fleming, Anna Grace Fleming, Susan Feix, Sam Arnold IV, Anna Cooper, Melinda Greenwood, R J & Anne Ratliff, Lee Lyons
Calling All Heroes!
We will be celebrating Biblical and local heroes
during Bible School this year.
You will not want to miss being with us
June 18—21, starting at 5:45 each evening.
We invite the congregation to party with us on
We will be honoring some special local heroes!
Church-wide celebration on Thursday!
Tuesday, June 12, 5:00 PM—Bible School Meeting. Everyone who is participating in leadership is asked to be there!!!
The Church-Wide Picnic will be on Sunday,
June 24 at Little Switzer-land Church Park. We
will begin gathering at 10:30 AM, with Wor-ship at
11:00 AM and then have a potluck lunch.
Meat will be pro-vided, please bring your
favorite dish to share!
June item for Food Pantry is: fruit juice or Kool Aid
Congratulations to Our Graduates!
Graduating from Harrison Co High School: Rachel Swinford , Luke Bradford and Lucas Sullivan
Graduating from Calvin College: Erin Bradford
Graduating from Georgetown College: Devon Williams
Graduating from University of Kentucky: Dillon Pulliam, grandson of Vel Martin
Bryan T Sifford, grandson of Jack and Lois Sifford