Carey Nieuwhof: 11 Signs Your Church Will Soon Be Extinct

extinctchurchInsightful post from Carey Nieuwhof

1. No sense of urgency

2. Urgency about the wrong things

3. Decline has made you cautious

4. Success has made you cautious

5. Your affection for the past is greater than your excitement for the future

6. You don’t understand the changing culture

7. You haven’t got new leaders around the table

8. You mostly listen to the voices of current members

9. Your conflict is about all the wrong things

10. Any growth you have is transfer growth

11. The core team is not fundamentally healthy

Be sure to read the entire post.

What would you add?

Disagree with any of his signs?

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About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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5 Responses to Carey Nieuwhof: 11 Signs Your Church Will Soon Be Extinct

  1. Mark says:

    IMO 5,6&7 are very serious. The yearning for the past is like the Hebrew people wishing they were back in Egypt or had died in the wilderness. Financial advice always come s with a notice of “past performance is

  2. Mark says:

    Cont’d
    Is not indicative of future results”. The strategy that worked in the past may not work any longer. So just like funds have to periodically adjust and adapt to new market conditions, the church has to do the same thing. This does not throw out the overall goal but adjust the strategy. New people should be welcome at the table or at least in the room.

  3. Royce says:

    Little emphasis on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  4. JES says:

    The lack, even refusal, to be Berean. Only on very rare occasions in my 67 years in the church have I found an elder that examines Scripture like Jay does; that’s a real problem!

  5. Chris says:

    If you can go to a church service and can leave without anyone saying a word to you (happens to me a lot at the church I go to on Sunday & Wednesday nights!) then you know the church is in serious trouble.

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