There is an old proverb that tells us that preventing a problem is easier than solving one. Once a church has lost its growth momentum it often takes years to recover. In fact, according to life cycle research, the plateau is more often followed by a decline than a period of growth. (I'll be doing an article on the Life Cycle phenomena in a later article)
|A plateau could be defined as a pattern where the membership or attendance goes up or down annually and over a 5-10 year period by a few percentage points the church membership or attendance has not gone up or down by more than 5%|
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v Seeing the median age of members drop however is harder than wishing it to be so. Generational differences including preferences regarding style of music, programmatic needs, etc, may demand more change than many churches are willing to make. It was Freud who pointed out that people would rather live with the squalor with which they are familiar than move to a better yet unfamiliar place. Transformation Ministries used this concept for plateaued churches that we either face the price of change willingly or we will be forced to change unwillingly through a crisis.
|Dr Bob Schuler|
|Dr. Charles Arn|
George Bullard was speaking at a conference for pastors and the concept he extolled about the need for flexibility and willingness to change is found in his comment. : "It is better to view your church as a cloud rather than a box"
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