This is from a blog post by church growth consultant Thom Rainer (and there are further, excellent thoughts at the blog itself) –
* Worship wars.
* Prolonged minutia meetings.
* Facility focus.
* Program driven.
* Inwardly focused budget.
* Inordinate demands for pastoral care.
* Attitudes of entitlement.
* Greater concern about change than the gospel.
* Anger and hostility.
* Evangelistic apathy.
Here are some additional signs from the comments at his blog –
* Dominant homogeneous culture — the culture is shaped by the preferences of the members, not the needs of the gospel.
* The Simon Cowell effect — the members have moved from seeing themselves as consumers (bad enough) to critics (even worse)
* Isolation from the greater Body of Christ.
* Appointment of leaders based on longstanding membership rather than love for the body of Christ.
* All they want is a chaplain to tell them that everything is OK and hold their hand while the congregation dies.
* The congregation has such a distrust for leadership that it seeks to control it through polity (bylaws, that sort of thing).
* Issue-driven (strongly pro- or anti-homosexual; political agendas; denominational fights).
What do you think?