Managing Decline

by Mar 16, 2017

I heard a pastor make a statement the other day that had me reeling. He stood up in a group of pastors and said, “Let’s face it, we are all managing decline”. My first thought was, “Thanks for the encouragement, brother!” Then, as his words sank in I began to realize some of the truth in his statement.

In far too many churches today, we are simply “managing decline.” In many churches, we have fewer baptisms than we used to. We have less conversions than we once had. We have lower attendance than we did in the past. We have had a drop in giving in recent years. Yes, in many churches we are managing decline.

So here is the dilemma. We have the greatest news in the history of mankind. We know the solution to all the world’s problems. We have the answer for every struggle known to man. We have a Savior that can redeem the entire world and yet we are “managing decline”?

Is there an answer to our dilemma? I believe there is. I believe we need to get back to the original plan that Jesus had for his church. I believe Jesus started his church the way he wanted it and now he wants it the way he started it!

I believe we must get back to becoming a movement of multiplying disciples. If every trained disciple were committed to making more disciples, we go from managing decline to managing growth, a much better problem to have by the way.

It really is simply a matter of obedience. Will we make and multiply more disciples or not? If we focus on going, baptizing, and teaching, we cannot help but to have growth and increase rather than decline and decrease. We don’t need more gimmicks and more glitz. We need more obedience and grit. We need to put our hands to the disciple making plow and stay at it until Jesus come back.

We will join me in making and multiplying more disciples? Send this post to ten people and let’s start a movement of multiplying disciples.

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