Church People's Timidity
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Roadblock to Growth

Abraham LincolnAnother roadblock to church growth is church people's timidity. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865 AD) said that he could get any number of men who were "willing to shed their last drop of blood." The problem, said Lincoln, was that he found it difficult to get anyone willing to shed the first drop! Christians are also prone to talk about what they will do for Jesus by and by. Lack of confidence and timidity may cause some churches to defer a decision until the next meeting or the next year. Perhaps if they sit tight, they imagine, someone or something new will come along to save them. They keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best.✞

Laity and Clergy

Anglican MinisterAnother excuse used for not getting on with church growth and evangelism is that it's somebody else's responsibility. It's amazing how many lay people feel that the only one who should work in a church is the minister, and how many ministers work on this assumption. The duplicating machine breaks down, they ring the minister! There's a leak in the roof, they phone for the minister. Mrs. Smith has a fall and needs a visit, only the minister can go. Some ministers tell their people how much they abhor this kind of dependence on one person in a church, then get upset when Christian people do something without telling them.✞

"Church People's Timidity"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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