Every living thing has a life cycle-the church is a living organization, so it too has a life cycle
Understanding, accepting, and embracing the life cycle is the only way to grow
All roads lead somewhere, but at least you can choose the road you will travel.
Our Road Map!
Cover the Life Cycle of the Church and map your current church’s stage
Identify causes, effects and resolutions
Look at the different types of churches and the challenges each type present
Look at what type of leaders are needed for each of the stages and types of churches
Life Cycle GROWTH DECLINE STABILITY BIRTH DEATH
Birth- A new church or mission church. This period is usually filled with great excitement and moderate growth. Numerous volunteers and the opportunities for 100% involvement is huge due to the number of people attending.
Growth- Think of this stage as the college years. There seems to be unlimited amount of promise and energy. Programs are being designed, the congregation is engaged and energetic, change is welcomed. Fast paced environment with a fast paced membership drive.
Stability- This is the “30’s” period of a church. You have it together, things run on queue with little supervision. Moderate growth, but a stable base of people to support the activities and mission.
Decline- Perhaps membership is down due to the community changing or other related events. This period of time often brings about conversations that start with, “I remember when we used to be able to…” This period is marked with reminiscing on the “Glory Days.” Many of those who have held on up to this point leave for fear of the writing on the wall.
Death- Pretty simple. No spirit, no truth, just the same ole service at the same ole time with people doing the same ole things. There is a loss of the true spirit, the one who brings oomph and energy. This is not the same spirit as the one who moves at the same point of the service because that’s how it’s been for years. Could be the shut doors of