Friday, May 4, 2012

Signs of trouble

This article was written by one of my favorite church consultants, Dr.Thom Rainer, 10 warning signs of an inwardly obsessed church. I need to warn you, these signs are disturbing!

Any healthy church must have some level of inward focus. Those in the church should be discipled. Hurting members need genuine concern and ministry. Healthy fellowship among the members is a good sign for a congregation.
But churches can lose their outward focus and become preoccupied with the perceived needs and desires of the members. The dollars spent and the time expended can quickly become focused on the demands of those inside the congregation. When that takes place the church has become inwardly obsessed. It is no longer a Great Commission congregation.
In my research of churches and consultation with churches, I have kept a checklist of potential signs that a church might be moving toward inward obsession. No church is perfect; indeed most churches will demonstrate one or two of these signs for a season. But the real danger takes place when a church begins to manifest three or more of these warning signs for an extended period of months and even years. Go here to see the 10 signs!

Based on your understanding of your church, how many of these signs do your church exhibit, and what is to be done to turn away from such unhealthy patterns? Share your thoughts below. 
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