WHY THE CHURCH IS NOT GROWING

 

Have you ever wondered why the church is not growing in so many places? Nearly seven billion people living today, of which all who are accountable to God need Him more than breath itself. Feeble attempts at reaching the lost with the gospel are about all the average congregation puts forth. No plan is made, or if one is developed, it is seldom followed. What could possibly be the problem? Last Sunday morning it was touched on in our Bible Class—few “foot soldiers on the ground”, as one put it. Consider the       following article that I clipped from a bulletin years ago, and ask yourself where you fit. If the statistics below were changed dramatically, we would no doubt see a dramatic change in the growth of the church throughout the world. In every community where congregations have taken the Great Commission (Matthew 18:18-20; Mark 16:15, 16) seriously, souls have been won to the Lord.

 

200 Members

 

Someone has estimated that the average member of the church has heard 6,000 sermons, 8,000            congregational prayers, sung 20,000 congregational songs, and saved ZERO sinners. Here’s the way the problem stacks up:

 

200                                    total membership

-20                             too old to work

180                             left to work, but…

-18                             too timid to assume responsibility

162                             left to work, but…

-12                             work out of town, or away at school

150                             left to work, but…

-25                              work long hours

125                              left to work, but…

-20                              tied down with little children

105                             left to work, but…

-20                              handicapped by poor health

 85                              left to work, but…

-20                              hindered by unbelieving spouses

 65                              left to work, but…

-35                              are unfaithful, do not attend, indifferent

 30                              left to work, but…

-20                              attend, but refuse to work

 10                              left to work, but…

  -8                               are very tired and ask to be relieved

   2                               left to work: You and me

 

But I am too busy with other things, so YOU so the work.

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