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10 Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing

A well-seasoned, self-confessed “church addict” who has tasted both the joy and pain of being a church pastor recently completed a humorous yet painfully honest book on the ten most common mistakes pastors make that keep their churches from growing.


A well-seasoned, self-confessed “church addict” who has tasted both the joy and pain of being a church pastor recently completed a humorous yet painfully honest book on the ten most common mistakes pastors make that keep their churches from growing.

Pastor Geoff Surratt, who had pastored a small, rural church with under 100 members and is now part of a megachurch with over 10,000 attendees on a given Sunday, shares his insight in his latest book Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing.

Before diving into the top 10 mistakes, Surratt made sure to clarify that the purpose of the book is not to point out the flaws of fellow pastors, but to offer them perspective on what could be hindering their churches from growing.

“I want to be that friend … the one willing to point out the unzipped zipper, the broccoli between the teeth, the glaring mistake that others can’t or won’t bring to the struggling pastor’s attention,” Surratt offers.

But why is he qualified to “point out other people’s mistakes,” readers may ask.

Because he has committed all ten of the mistakes highlighted in the book, he readily admits.

“My role is not brilliant guru bringing down wisdom from the mountain, but rather experienced fellow traveler,” Surratt says. “When I point the ‘stupid finger’ at you, three fingers are pointing back at me.”

Out of the 10 mistakes he covers, the most common and the first to be addressed in the book is “Trying to Do it All.”

A comical quote at the bottom of the chapter page cleverly conveys the problem that pastors often find themselves in: “Just because I’m the janitor doesn’t mean I can’t perform your wedding.”

“Pastors tend to default to doing everything themselves rather than working through people in the congregation,” Surratt explained to The Christian Post. “They take on a lot of different hats and wind up overworked and underproductive because of that.”

When Surratt was the pastor at Church on the Lake in Texas, a small church with less than 50 people when he took over, he was simultaneously the head pastor, Sunday school teacher, bookkeeper, worship director, administrative assistant, groundskeeper, maintenance man, and janitor for a time.

“As I look back on my time at Church on the Lake, I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking,” Surratt confesses. “Trying to do all (or most) of the work themselves is the number one stupid thing pastors and leaders do that inhibits their church from growing.”

Not far behind is stupid mistake No. 2 – “establishing the wrong role for the pastor’s family.”

The pastor’s wife, Surratt highlights, often picks up odd jobs around the church that no one wants or that haven’t been filled. Too often, the pastor in “pursuing God’s vision” will put ministry before his family and without asking for his wife’s opinion will dump church work on her.

A subheading in the chapter called, “How to Destroy Your Family,” lists five “stupid ways” a pastor or ministry leader can destroy their family while chasing after God’s vision for the ministry.

Throughout the book, Surratt reveals intimate details about how his “destructive path of ministry” nearly ended his marriage. But at what he calls the lowest point in his marriage, the two were able to rebuild their relationship and it has become progressively better over time, Surratt says.

“The idea holds that if we simply arrange our lives according to the formula God first, family second, and ministry third, then everything will flow together smoothly,” Surratt writes. “It’s a great theory, but unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way.

“First, God isn’t a priority in life; God is life. He isn’t more important than your family any more than air is more important that your shoes. I don’t prioritize breathing; I breathe so that I live.”

Surratt highly recommends any pastor or church leader to seek Christian marriage counseling if they’re having trouble in their relationship. Rather than feeling embarrassed that they need help, pastors should understand that sometimes they need a third party for them to open up and share their thoughts and feelings.

“A funny thing about pastors is that when they need to fix their car, they go to a mechanic, and when they need to fix their health, they go to a doctor, but when their marriage needs help, they are almost never willing to go to an expert for help,” Surratt writes half-jokingly.

“Of all the stupid mistakes a pastor can make, not getting help with his marriage is the dumbest of all.”

Although the book was written with pastors as the intended readers, Surratt contends the tips in his book can be helpful to any leader in the church.

Other mistakes covered in the book include: promoting talent over integrity, clinging to a bad location, copying another successful church, mixing ministry and business, and providing a second-rate worship experience.

The book Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing is scheduled to be released in May 2009 by Zondervan publishing company.

Michelle A. Vu
Christian Post Reporter

Source: CHRISTIAN POST

 
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Publicado por em 01/09/2009 em POIMENIA

 

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Top 33 Church Logos

A good logo design is…

Distinctive. Memorable. And timeless.
It is aesthetically pleasing.

It is scalable, looking good while as large as a billboard or as small as a dime. It looks good in color as well as black and white. And it is simple enough that it can be applied to a media spectrum as broad as paper to plastic and t-shirts to websites.

Most importantly, a good logo communicates the unique qualities of its brand. A great church logo in and of itself does not create great church branding. But it does give a church the foundation needed to build a solid brand.

Below are the top 33 church logos in alphabetical order. They are chosen for the reasons listed above as well as by my subjective opinion. Keep in mind, I am judging only the logo by itself and not the supporting church branding.

I’ll be keeping the list updated as I come across other church logos worth sharing in the future. For now, enjoy the eye candy.

TOP 33 CHURCH LOGOS

Access Church
Lakeland, FL

Bethel Temple
Hampton, VA

Bethel Temple Logo

Bethlehem Baptist Church
Minneapolis, MN

Bethlehem Baptist Church Logo

Christ Church
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Christ Church Hawthorn
Hawthorne, Victoria, Australia

Church on the Move
Tulsa, OK

Church on the Move Logo

Edgepoint Church
Knoxville, TN

Elim International Church
Wellington, New Zealand

Far Hills Community Church
Dayton, OH

Far Hills Community Church Logo

Four Corners Community Church
West Chester, OH

Four Corners Community Church

Granger Community Church
Granger, IN

Granger Community Church Logo

Harpeth Community Church
Franklin, TN

Harvest Church
Mobile, AL

Harvest Church Logo

Houston NW Church
Houston, TX

Houston NW Church Logo

Imago Dei Community
Portland, OR

Imago Dei Community Logo

Kaleo Church
Houston, TX

Kaleo Church Logo

Knoxville Life Church
Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Life Church Logo

Lake Hills Church
Austin, TX

Lakewood Church
Houston, TX

Lakewood Church Logo

Landmark Church
Jackson, TN

Landmark Church Logo

Mariners Church
Irvine, CA

Mariners Church Logo

Mountain Lake Church
Cumming, GA

Mountain Lake Church Logo

Northgate Free Methodist Church
Batavia, NY

Northstar Church
Frisco, TX

Northstar Church Logo

Oak Hill Church
Griffin, GA

One*
Spokane, WA

Stonebriar Community Church
Frisco, TX

Stonebriar Community Church Logo

Times Square Church
New York, NY

Valley Community Baptist Church
Avon, CT

Valley Community Baptist Church Logo

Walls Down Church
Cincinnati, OH

West Coast Life Church
Murietta, CA

West Coast Life Church Logo

Word of Grace Community Church
Sheboygan Falls, WI

Word of Grace Community Church Logo

World Overcomers Christian Church
Durham, NC

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Source: CHURCH RELEVANCE

 
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Publicado por em 27/08/2009 em POIMENIA

 

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