Breaking the 200 Barrier Larry L. Sherman 06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
Introduction <ul><li>The 200 Barrier is…  </li></ul><ul><li>The most predictable barrier </li></ul><ul><li>The most diffic...
06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart Phases of Growth Like Personal Growth or Like These Examples Infant (fellowsh...
The Growth Issues <ul><li>So it’s not really a “barrier” so much as it is God’s call to do ministry in line with the next ...
Breaking Growth Barriers in Acts <ul><li>2:42-47 Healthy Church </li></ul><ul><li>4:17 Barrier – Persecution </li></ul><ul...
More Barriers Broken 06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart 4:32-37 Healthy Church 6:1 Barrier – The widow’s needs n...
Still More Barriers Broken <ul><li>11:2-3 Barrier – Can Gentiles come into the faith </li></ul><ul><li>11:17-18 Broken – P...
Principles from Acts on Barrier-Breaking <ul><li>Concerted Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Team Ministry that frees leaders to le...
1. Program Adjustments <ul><li>You must offer quality youth & children’s ministries if you want families with their childr...
2. Entrance Points <ul><li>What are the “normal and natural” ways people come into this church? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s t...
3. Church Staff Development <ul><li>100 per pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative support </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the...
4. Church Fellowship <ul><li>Are you a friendly church & a church of friends; or, both? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we allow the...
5. Pastoral Leadership Shift <ul><li>Can your pastor shepherd other leaders  who are the ones who make sure the sheep are ...
6. Congregational Vision, Values, Vitality <ul><li>Are your vision & values clear and inspiring?  Does everyone here know ...
7. Facilities & Space <ul><li>Is your facility attractive to guests and something that is honoring to God? </li></ul><ul><...
8. Assimilation & Connection <ul><li>What is your strategy with 1 st ,2 nd , 3 rd  time guests? </li></ul><ul><li>What is ...
9. Structure for Ministry <ul><li>Do we have a plan to develop new leaders? </li></ul><ul><li>Do our structures (the way t...
10. Willing to pay the price <ul><li>Are the members willing to “pray” and to “pay” the price of growth?  What are some of...
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  1. 1. Breaking the 200 Barrier Larry L. Sherman 06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The 200 Barrier is… </li></ul><ul><li>The most predictable barrier </li></ul><ul><li>The most difficult barrier </li></ul><ul><li>Requires key shifts in how ministry is done </li></ul><ul><li>The longer you’re there the harder it is to break through it – Momentum is key! </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  3. 3. 06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart Phases of Growth Like Personal Growth or Like These Examples Infant (fellowship) <35 Cat Toddler (small) 35-100 Collie Elementary Child (middle) 100-175 Garden Teen (awkward-size) 175-225 House Adult (large) 225-450 Mansion Prosperous (huge) 450-700 Ranch Generativity (very large) 700+ Nation Each phase needs different adjustments to thrive!
  4. 4. The Growth Issues <ul><li>So it’s not really a “barrier” so much as it is God’s call to do ministry in line with the next phase of growth! </li></ul><ul><li>Key barrier is the one that keeps the next person from coming to Christ thru your church. </li></ul><ul><li>Settle the issues – do we really want to grow, do we believe God wants us to grow & will we pay the price? </li></ul><ul><li>Key adjustments are needed to get you through the barrier… </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  5. 5. Breaking Growth Barriers in Acts <ul><li>2:42-47 Healthy Church </li></ul><ul><li>4:17 Barrier – Persecution </li></ul><ul><li>4:24-31 Barrier Broken by -- Prayer </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  6. 6. More Barriers Broken 06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart 4:32-37 Healthy Church 6:1 Barrier – The widow’s needs neglected 6:2-4 Broken – Team Ministry thru deacons 6:7 Healthy Church 8:1-3 Barrier – Persecution (Saul) & scattering 8:4 Broken – Evangelism done by laity 8:7-8 Healthy Church (now in Samaria…)
  7. 7. Still More Barriers Broken <ul><li>11:2-3 Barrier – Can Gentiles come into the faith </li></ul><ul><li>11:17-18 Broken – Peter corrected </li></ul><ul><li>11:20-21 Healthy Church (now with Gentiles -- a great # came to faith) </li></ul><ul><li>15:1,10 Barrier – Legalism in structure </li></ul><ul><li>15:12,13,19 Broken – Strong mission-minded leadership </li></ul><ul><li>15:31 Healthy Church (Gladness!) </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  8. 8. Principles from Acts on Barrier-Breaking <ul><li>Concerted Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Team Ministry that frees leaders to lead and others to serve by giftedness </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain evangelistic ferver by the laity </li></ul><ul><li>Keep readjusting evangelistic focus of the church </li></ul><ul><li>Strong leadership is needed to keep the focus and communicate clearly. </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  9. 9. 1. Program Adjustments <ul><li>You must offer quality youth & children’s ministries if you want families with their children to stick. </li></ul><ul><li>The 4 key programmatic areas for new churches are: worship, children’s ministries, assimilation and small groups. Which areas are your strengths & weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is your target audience? Do you know their needs? Which of those needs can your church meet in a tangible way? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  10. 10. 2. Entrance Points <ul><li>What are the “normal and natural” ways people come into this church? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the main way? Are there “side doors” that people can enter? </li></ul><ul><li>What new entrance points would best suit our target group? </li></ul><ul><li>What classes, ministries, groups, people, programs, can help people enter into our church and draw people closer to Christ? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  11. 11. 3. Church Staff Development <ul><li>100 per pastor </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative support </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the 4 key ministries: Worship, Children, Assimilation, Small Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Have a balance of staff between growth-producing (catalyzing) ministries & maintenance (stabilizing) ministries. </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  12. 12. 4. Church Fellowship <ul><li>Are you a friendly church & a church of friends; or, both? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we allow the pastor to become more of a rancher than shepherd? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you empower people to shepherd? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you OK with not “knowing” everyone in the church – so long as everyone is known well by a small group? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  13. 13. 5. Pastoral Leadership Shift <ul><li>Can your pastor shepherd other leaders who are the ones who make sure the sheep are well cared for – or do you expect the pastor to shepherd everyone? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the pastor micro-manage everything, or can they add-ministrate well through others? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they balance the “Evangelical” (evangelism) & the “Covenant” (discipleship) parts of ministry? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  14. 14. 6. Congregational Vision, Values, Vitality <ul><li>Are your vision & values clear and inspiring? Does everyone here know them? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have goals that inspire the church to growth? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the stories of changed lives, mission, compassion, restored marriages, etc. being told? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  15. 15. 7. Facilities & Space <ul><li>Is your facility attractive to guests and something that is honoring to God? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your facilities “facilitate” the key ministries that God is calling your church to do well? Which do – and which do not? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  16. 16. 8. Assimilation & Connection <ul><li>What is your strategy with 1 st ,2 nd , 3 rd time guests? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your strategy regarding membership? </li></ul><ul><li>How do people find their way into relationships – and further into the “fellowship funnel?” Do you monitor: </li></ul><ul><li>NG = (VF x RR) – BDL </li></ul><ul><li>Net Growth = Visitor Flow x Retention Rate minus back-door-loss </li></ul><ul><li>How do people find their way into ministry? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  17. 17. 9. Structure for Ministry <ul><li>Do we have a plan to develop new leaders? </li></ul><ul><li>Do our structures (the way the board & ministry teams are organized & operate) support our ministries; or do they hinder ministry? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there “agenda-harmony” between the pastor, leaders, and congregation? Are there issues that would block growth or change? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart
  18. 18. 10. Willing to pay the price <ul><li>Are the members willing to “pray” and to “pay” the price of growth? What are some of the “payments” that may need to be made? </li></ul><ul><li>Are long-term members willing to sacrifice past success and personal comfort for the sake of the mission and to meet the needs of those reached by the mission? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the leaders willing to speak the truth in love to those who are blocking growth and possibly let them go graciously? </li></ul>06/10/09 How to do it without breaking apart

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