Tuesday, June 12, 2007

BREAKING THROUGH THE 1,000 BARRIER

For a few years Chapin Baptist has been on an attendance plateau. Membership has grown. Budget receipts have rebounded from a couple of years ago. New families continue to visit and join. So what gives?
I could probably list 40 reasons why we may be on a plateau. But instead of listing reasons, let me say that I’m not satisfied. And I don’t believe God is satisfied either. Why? Because our community is filled with people who need Jesus. We live in a growing community, and the folks in our area need to be in church on the weekend.
Breaking through this attendance plateau has been heavy on my heart. I’m praying daily that we burst through this plateau soon. There is no reason at all that we should not be running more than 1,000 every Sunday. God has challenged me very clearly to accept my personal responsibility for us being on the plateau. But He’s also challenged me to take responsibility for leading us to break through the plateau.
In recent weeks I’ve challenged our staff to accept more personal responsibility and to work together as a team to lead our church forward to new arenas of growth. We’ve had some great discussions. In future blogs I’ll let you in on some of the learnings we are experiencing together.
I’ve challenged our staff to pray for breakthroughs. I ask you to do the same. Let me clarify. Prayer is very, very important. However, we can pray all day long and still sit on a plateau. There are things we can and must do as a staff. There are things we can and must do as church leaders. I’m more excited about our future than ever before. I cling to the words of the psalmist: “With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes” (Psalm 60:12, NLT).