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Characteristics of an Ineffective Church

September 21, 2016

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church

1. A lack of clarity about the mission
2. New Christians are not being made
3. People are not being baptized
4. Evangelism is non-existent
5. Preaching has digressed into self-helps
6. The Bible is not being taught or studied
7. There is no numerical growth
8. There is no ministry of prayer
9. Children are absent
10. Worship services are uninspiring
11. Finances are waning
12. There is no diversity
13. Ministry is inwardly focused
14. Members believe the church exists to serve their needs
15. Energy is focused on non-missional things
16. There is an absence of leadership
17. A culture of conflict has emerged
18. There is no connect between missions and evangelism
19. Budgets are not strategically compiled
20. People fail to give generously and cheerfully
21. The church fails to retain its children generation after generation
22. Young people are not utilized as volunteers
23. Power is held by a closed “old guard”
24. Tradition is held in greater value than effectiveness
25. A high turnover of pastors and key staff
26. There is no system of accountability
27. Worship fails to connect
28. A critical spirit prevails
29. Pastor and staff are seen as “hired help”
30. People invest time and energy in committees and not ministry
31. There is no tangible presence of the Holy Spirit
32. There is pessimism concerning the future
33. New people and families are not visiting
34. Low expectations of members
35. Agendas hold greater priority than the Great Commission
36. People are worried about the wrong things
37. The church is risk adverse
38. Significant energy is spent on the firing and hiring of pastors and staff
39. Growth engines are not included in the budget
40. People are not concerned about the right things

What might you add?

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois

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