By Thom S. Rainer
Breakout church buildings Can Your Church turn into One? this is often the tale of 13 church buildings and the leaders who moved them from stagnancy to progress and from mediocrity to greatness. Drawing on the most complete experiences ever at the church, this e-book finds the method of changing into a 'breakout' church and the criteria that bring about this religious metamorphosis. 80 percentage of the nearly 400,000 church buildings within the usa are both declining or at a plateau. Is there desire for the yank church? Breakout church buildings bargains a powerful 'yes!' and gives particular examples and rules that will help you and your church develop into better.
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In an interview with researcher Chris Bonts, Donald Schaeffer confessed that his leadership reflected the era in which he started ministry. The pastor was held responsible for virtually every area of ministry, and I 35 36 ■ BREAKOUT CHURCHES Figure 2A. Acts 6/7 Leadership BIG MO Breakout Point Decli ne or th Grow Plateau Acts 6/7 ABC Who/What VIP Culture of Innovation Leadership Moment Simultrack Factor Excellence Acceleration the single-staff church was normative. “In seminary, I had never received any training concerning a large staff.
One group, of course, includes the Acts 6/7 leaders. We show the tenure of each of those pastors. The next group is the comparison group of thirty-nine pastors. 2 The latter group is our closest approximation to a national average. 6 Years *Still active. Years through 2004. #Xenos has two lead pastors who were not designated in that role until the early 1990s. The years shown represent their entire tenure as elders at the church. But this contrast is striking. The average tenure of a breakout church leader exceeds twenty-one years, while the other pastors in our study have been at their churches only about four years.
The obvious question asks how these leaders have remained at one place for such a long period. After studying thousands of churches for two decades, I have come to the conclusion that long tenure should be normative, but that several factors are creating abnormally short tenures. 4 Both churches and their leaders are responsible for this new development. On the one hand, pastors are often quick to leave a church when a seemingly better, sometimes bigger, opportunity comes their way. While we cannot and will not question God’s call on any one pastor when it comes to moves, we cannot help but be concerned about the overall trend in quick moves.