Why Didn’t a Church Grow？(2)
“I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the
faith of the gospel.” (Phi. 1:27)
There are ten reasons why a church did
not grow as it relates to her
1. The congregation did
not understand the nature of the church. They did not know the meaning for
the existence of the Church and that it is separate from the world’s system
and totally to devoted God. They did not pursue holiness or practice Biblical
truth, but only liked to participate in activities.
2. The church was lack of
spiritual depth. Too much emphasis on harmonious living with one another, but
without spiritual support. On the surface they seemed care for one another,
but they did not care about each other’s spiritual condition and lacked
3. Selfishness. Although
they know about sacrifice and dedication, but when personal interests were
involved, they chose the way that protected themselves and that was
convenient for themselves and simply agreed with those they got along with
rather than followed their convictions.
4. There were problems
related to church leadership. There may be too much control by too few
people, or leaders simply did not want to grow, or the congregation did not
support the pastor or did not get along with each other or they are spiritual
5. Too much emphasis on
traditions. Good traditions can maintain the stability of the church, but may
also be a stumbling block for breaking through of dilemmas; preferences for
doing things by particular methods had become “absolute truth” by citing
6. Things were seen with
a negative attitude because of the fear of change, or of not wanting to step
out of their comfort zone. Or else they could not solve problems by
themselves or lacked resources so they concealed the problem and delayed
dealing with them. And in the end they caused others to leave the church.
7. Ignored the care for
new comers. Everyone who went to church had expectations. If no one welcomed
them or even ignored their presence, they would not come back.
8. Too superficial in
actions: Superficial greetings, giving offering with wrong motives, lacking
the spirit of sacrifice, having Bible knowledge but refusing to forgive each
other or refusing to deal with their own sins and so on.
9. Lack of mutual
accountability. The church had no clear standards, rules or systems in place.
No one was willing to be responsible. The church was too lazy to reinforce
the biblical principles.
10. Ignored the importance of prayer. Nothing is more important than connecting
with God; but people thought working, training, and teaching could replace
prayer. Prayer is essential if the Holy Spirit is to work freely in the