In the business world growing your business is always important. This also includes growing the business in its internal functionality and constantly improving equipment to maintain the competitive edge. It also includes constantly maintaining solid relationships with existing customers and seeking out new customers. The key to the success is the people who work for the company, and the key to their success is their boss, and it does not matter how big the company is.
If the people doing the work believe that those higher up only care about their compensation, i.e., salary, bonuses, then those they will not be any different. The worker-bees will grumble and morale will be low. If it seems like the bosses like the status quo and don’t like to push people to get better then people are going to do the bare minimum needed to keep their jobs. If your boss is a micro-manager, how is he or she ever going to instill confidence if he or she is constantly looking over your shoulder and changing things. That’s the fact of human nature and human interaction. People get their cue from those who are supposed to be leading them.
It is the same for the church. A church should grow spiritually and in members. It should not remain stagnant in its growth. If it is remaining the same with the same people coming every week then something is wrong with the leadership. When people show up to see what the church is about, and they see everyone grouped together and they are left alone, guess what? they are not going to come back. They will find someplace where they will feel like the people already there want them to join them.
This culture is a result from the leadership of the church. If the pastor seems to be “mailing it in”, the congregation is going to know it. I am a firm believer that a pastor should develop his own messages with the bible as his primary source and inspiration, and use what other people have written as a way of support. It shouldn’t be that a pastor reads a book by someone and bases a series of sermons on that book. The same goes for the leadership of the church. If the only time you see or talk to them is Sunday morning then that is a problem, too.
People need to feel like the leadership cares. If the people in the seats get the impression that those up front are just showing up on Sundays and doing their own thing during the week, then that is what they will do, too. We need to get back to breaking bread in one another’s homes and have fellowship. There are many reasons (which I will address in other blogs) but the people who are in leadership must show leadership if they want any hope of their church to grow.