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Part 1Taking South Shore Community Church to…<br />THE NEXT LEVEL<br />
WHAT IS OUR CURRENT LEVEL AS A CHURCH ?<br />
WHAT WE GOT HERE WON’T TAKE US THERE…<br />THE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WE FACE TODAY CANNOT BE SOLVED AT THE SAME LEVEL OF TH...
WHAT WE GOT HERE WON’T TAKE US THERE…<br />The 2 major forces that impact a Church’s Growth<br />AGE<br />SIZE<br />
HUMAN LIFE CYCLE<br />
Life Cycle of an organization<br />The difference between a human Life Cycle and an organization is that in the human decl...
Life Cycle of an organization<br />The first person to popularize the study of congregations was David Moberg.<br />Church...
Moberg’s Life Cycle for a Human Organization<br />
CHURCHES<br />STUDY OF A LIFE CYCLE OF A CONGREGATION REVEALS A PATTERN AS THEY EMERGE, GROW, DECLINE AND ULTIMATELY DIE<b...
7 Churches of REVELATION<br />The book of Revelation shows different cycles of churches that began in the 1st Century.<br ...
7 Churches of REVELATION<br />Ephesus had left its first love; Pergamus harbored false teachers; Thyatira allowed wicked f...
7 Churches of REVELATION<br />Each of the 7 churches was on decline and they where only 40 to 50 years old<br />South Shor...
Life Cycle of a Church<br />
Typical Cycle -BIG CHURCH<br />
Typical Cycle- Small Church<br />
PREDICTABLE LIFE CYCLE OF A CHURCH<br />
EMERGING CHURCH<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
EMERGING CHURCH<br />Mission Very clear; people passionate to fulfill the mission; Energy driving the church into the futu...
EMERGING CHURCH<br />Morale is high; positive attitudes; hope for the future<br />Facilities rented or leased; meetings in...
GROWING CHURCH<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
GROWING CHURCH<br />Strong sense of mission; high level of ownership; excited about what God is doing; <br />Volunteers ea...
GROWING CHURCH<br />Programs developed in response to needs; traditions begin to form; changes easily adopted and accepted...
CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />High visibility of Mission; Second generation members and new members are unaware of mission<br ...
CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />Morale is at highest; Confidence in goals is contagious; people are proud of their church<br />P...
CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />New ideas and leaders responsible for approval; pastor leads multiple staff; pastor works primar...
DECLINING CHURCH<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Chu...
DECLINING CHURCH<br />Newcomers and third generation don’t know the mission; old members try to restore former mission to ...
DECLINING CHURCH<br />Few new ministries added; programs create needs rather than meet needs; few changes proposed<br />Pa...
DYING CHURCH<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<...
DYING CHURCH<br />Sense of mission is lost; Purpose is meeting the budget and survival; few volunteers available; ministry...
DYING CHURCH<br />Corporate self-esteem is based on meeting the budget and missionary obligations; upkeep and maintenance ...
DYING CHURCH<br />Pastor looks forward to retirement; Staff eliminated due to budget concerns; Pastor(s) move to other chu...
WHERE WHERE WE IN 2009 ?<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<...
WHERE AREWE IN 2010 ?<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br ...
WHAT IS OUR CURRENT LEVEL AS A CHURCH ?<br />
NEXT WEEK….<br /><ul><li>How to break declining cycles
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  1. 1. Part 1Taking South Shore Community Church to…<br />THE NEXT LEVEL<br />
  2. 2. WHAT IS OUR CURRENT LEVEL AS A CHURCH ?<br />
  3. 3. WHAT WE GOT HERE WON’T TAKE US THERE…<br />THE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WE FACE TODAY CANNOT BE SOLVED AT THE SAME LEVEL OF THINKING WE WERE WHEN WE CREATED THEM – Albert Einstein<br />
  4. 4. WHAT WE GOT HERE WON’T TAKE US THERE…<br />The 2 major forces that impact a Church’s Growth<br />AGE<br />SIZE<br />
  5. 5. HUMAN LIFE CYCLE<br />
  6. 6.
  7. 7. Life Cycle of an organization<br />The difference between a human Life Cycle and an organization is that in the human decline is inevitable.<br />Organizations can re-invent themselves for renewed growth and vitality.<br />
  8. 8. Life Cycle of an organization<br />The first person to popularize the study of congregations was David Moberg.<br />Churches emerge, grow and decline.<br />
  9. 9. Moberg’s Life Cycle for a Human Organization<br />
  10. 10. CHURCHES<br />STUDY OF A LIFE CYCLE OF A CONGREGATION REVEALS A PATTERN AS THEY EMERGE, GROW, DECLINE AND ULTIMATELY DIE<br />
  11. 11. 7 Churches of REVELATION<br />The book of Revelation shows different cycles of churches that began in the 1st Century.<br />Christ praises 5 out of the 7 for their good qualities (aspects of their early cycle)<br />
  12. 12. 7 Churches of REVELATION<br />Ephesus had left its first love; Pergamus harbored false teachers; Thyatira allowed wicked false prophets; Sardis looked good on the outside but it was dead on the inside; Laodicea was complacent<br />
  13. 13. 7 Churches of REVELATION<br />Each of the 7 churches was on decline and they where only 40 to 50 years old<br />South Shore Community Church is almost 80 years old<br />
  14. 14. Life Cycle of a Church<br />
  15. 15. Typical Cycle -BIG CHURCH<br />
  16. 16. Typical Cycle- Small Church<br />
  17. 17. PREDICTABLE LIFE CYCLE OF A CHURCH<br />
  18. 18. EMERGING CHURCH<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
  19. 19. EMERGING CHURCH<br />Mission Very clear; people passionate to fulfill the mission; Energy driving the church into the future<br />People committed; High involvement levels; members willing to work; 50% or more serving<br />
  20. 20. EMERGING CHURCH<br />Morale is high; positive attitudes; hope for the future<br />Facilities rented or leased; meetings in homes; programs start and are canceled; lots of trial and error; spontaneous decision making; changes constant<br />Visionary leader; small volunteer staff; designed for the non-christian in mind; desire for more people.<br />
  21. 21. GROWING CHURCH<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
  22. 22. GROWING CHURCH<br />Strong sense of mission; high level of ownership; excited about what God is doing; <br />Volunteers easily located; people donate time and money; 40% serving; morale is high; core values<br />First building completed; vision for bigger facilities<br />
  23. 23. GROWING CHURCH<br />Programs developed in response to needs; traditions begin to form; changes easily adopted and accepted<br />Full-time pastor with 1 secretary; People very regular in attendance; people invite family and friends<br />
  24. 24. CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
  25. 25. CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />High visibility of Mission; Second generation members and new members are unaware of mission<br />Higher quality of leaders desired; Enthusiasm begins to vane and only 30% serving<br />
  26. 26. CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />Morale is at highest; Confidence in goals is contagious; people are proud of their church<br />Property is maxed out; possible vision to relocate; programs are formalized Ministry maximized maintenance minimized<br />
  27. 27. CONSOLIDATING CHURCH<br />New ideas and leaders responsible for approval; pastor leads multiple staff; pastor works primarily with Church leaders;<br />Worship center full; More inactive members but not missed; newcomers not connected due to overcrowded conditions<br />
  28. 28. DECLINING CHURCH<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />
  29. 29. DECLINING CHURCH<br />Newcomers and third generation don’t know the mission; old members try to restore former mission to avoid decline; original people say “we have done our part”; only 20% serving<br />People lose a sense of corporate identity; Self-esteem is based in looking to the past for better days; Morale polarizes; Buildings show their age; Deferred maintenance becomes problem; space for meetings is not a problem<br />
  30. 30. DECLINING CHURCH<br />Few new ministries added; programs create needs rather than meet needs; few changes proposed<br />Pastor focused on management; Oversees a dwindling staff; worship style out of touch with younger generation; 55% of members not at worship; few newcomers attend<br />
  31. 31. DYING CHURCH<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />Dying<br />Church<br />
  32. 32. DYING CHURCH<br />Sense of mission is lost; Purpose is meeting the budget and survival; few volunteers available; ministry programs eliminated due to lack of leaders or participation; people say “it’s the pastor’s job” only 10% do 90% of the work; frustration evident<br />
  33. 33. DYING CHURCH<br />Corporate self-esteem is based on meeting the budget and missionary obligations; upkeep and maintenance are a problem; more space than needed; closed to change; people say “we tried that and it didn’t work” <br />Business meetings are held only to report financial struggles; changes are not allowed; newcomers leave quickly<br />
  34. 34. DYING CHURCH<br />Pastor looks forward to retirement; Staff eliminated due to budget concerns; Pastor(s) move to other church with more potential<br />Worship center uncomfortably empty; 65% of members not at worship; Newcomers rarely seen and never return<br />
  35. 35. WHERE WHERE WE IN 2009 ?<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />Dying<br />Church<br />
  36. 36. WHERE AREWE IN 2010 ?<br />Consolidating<br />Church<br />Growing<br />Church<br />Declining<br />Church<br />Emerging<br />Church<br />Dying<br />Church<br />
  37. 37. WHAT IS OUR CURRENT LEVEL AS A CHURCH ?<br />
  38. 38. NEXT WEEK….<br /><ul><li>How to break declining cycles
  39. 39. Taking our Church to the next Level</li>
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