This week I am talking about growth barriers, especially as it applies to the church. But I believe you can approach it the same in most any organization or business.
What many don’t realize is that there are CHANGES that need to happen to move beyond these growth barriers.
The sad truth is that most churches never grow beyond 75 people because someone or some committee is not willing to make the appropriate changes to support the growth. The reason most churches remain a church of <100 is because one person is trying to do it all! That model will only support 75 or so. And the argument that God doesn't want quantity, but wants quality is a load of crap! God cares about people and there are too many people going to hell for our churches to sit around and think our 4 and no more is making God happy! When our church was stuck at 100-125 people, I had to make some drastic changes in myself, our leadership and environment. I spent far too long at that barrier because I honestly didn't know what to do. When you find yourself at a barrier I would suggest doing a couple things: 1) Educate yourself! Buy books from other leaders who have done what you are trying to do. Don't just sit there and feel bad for yourself. The reason you haven't moved beyond this point is because you haven't learned enough to lead at that level. If the leader doesn't not grow to lead a larger organization, it will not happen! 2) Seek God for His direction. Just because something works for another leader doesn't mean it is what God wants YOU to do. I spent hours in prayer and fasting asking God for His direction and for Him to open the doors for us to break beyond this point. He gave it to me, even after some pretty heated conversations between us! By the way...God always wins!