Church Improvement – Just Start Somewhere!
I was at an event and was engaged in small talk with some friends who attend another church. I asked them, “How’s things going at ABC church?” One of the men replied “Ah… we’re okay. We’re just trying to make it like every other church. It sure would help if the preacher didn’t preach so long. Our preacher preaches over an hour. A lot of people are leaving. I think that is why we are having money issues.” He ended by saying, “The good news is that other churches seem to be having money issues too.”
I thought how sad. It actually makes us feel good that others are going through the same thing we are. While it might bring us some comfort to know that we are not the only ones going through dry spells, it actually casts a dark shadow over the CHURCH as a whole. For example, the church is known for always beggin, wanting things for free, being broke, busted and disgusted. Well, who would want to join an outfit like that?
Sometimes, all the average church has to do is commit to making some minor adjustments to start yielding positive results or be willing to make an investment into itself. I’m reminded of the following saying,
Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.
Start with Small Steps
Shaving 10 minutes off the sermon time, include a 5-minute skit or 3-minute video in the mix and commit to a weekly 2 minute ‘offering message’ to address the who, what, when and whys of giving before taking up the tithes and offering are just a couple of ideas that churches can begin to implement immediately that will yield them tremendous results.
The above hyperlinks in blue offer sites where you can get free skits, discounted videos and a sample video on the effectiveness of an offering message.