4 Easy Ways to Kill Your Church

Churches are supposed to grow. We should want our churches to grow. Church growth is important because Jesus said so. He commands his disciples to go and grow the church (by making disciples, baptizing, and teaching what Jesus taught)! Church growth has two components. 1) The discipleship, teaching, and increasing spiritual maturity of existing believers and 2) New people being saved by God and discipled by the church. These reasons listed below are just a few of many, but they each prohibit the growth of existing believers and prevent churches from reaching unbelievers with the gospel. They are all related to one another and overlap quite a bit, but when you boil it down each one of these on its own can be enough to kill a church.4 easy ways to kill your church

1. Selfishness

Too many churches are selfish. Too many churches are only worried about themselves. Churches that allow a culture of “Give me what I want or I will leave/throw a fit” are running down the path to death. Many small churches are filled with people who think they are shareholders in the church organization. Since they tithe and volunteer they think they have the authority to demand what they want. Selfish pastors are even more of a problem. The mark of a Christian is selflessness – caring about others more than yourself and giving yourself away. If your church is filled with selfish people who don’t sacrificially give of their time, energy, finances, you are in trouble. If you want your church to die, allow selfishness to continue.

2. Idolatry

Idolatry is so much more prevalent in churches than we are willing to admit. If you feel like there is something standing between you and God or your church and God, there probably is and it is probably an idol. Selfishness is an idol – caring first and foremost about what you want, not what God wants. Sports are an idol – regularly missing church for a sport (whether to watch on TV or to play on your travel/club team) shows that you value the sport more than God and his church. Comfort is an idol – Spending more time watching TV, reading a book, or eating than with God. Ease is an idol – always doing whatever is easiest often means not doing what is right. The list goes on and on. If your pastors and members worship idols such as these, the church will suffer greatly. God does not take idolatry lightly, read 1 Corinthians 10 if you don’t believe me.

3. Apathy

Another form of selfishness is apathy. If you want to kill your church, apathy is the way to go. So many people just plain don’t care about walking with God, they don’t care about discipling their family and friends, they don’t care about church. Haven’t read your bible once this week? That’s apathy. Haven’t spoken to God once this week? That’s apathy. Your church hasn’t reached out to the community in a year? That’s apathy. People and churches need to care about their own personal growth. They need to care about missions and community outreach. They need to care about the sick and the hurting. Jesus cared deeply for all of these things and churches that don’t are destined for the grave.

4. Disunity

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is all about the problems that stem from disunity. The church in Corinth just plain didn’t know how to get along with one another and they didn’t know how to love each other. Everything bad that happened in the Corinthian church was rooted in disunity. They exhibited disunity in their marriages, in their friendships, in which leader they followed, in how they presented themselves in church, in how they used spiritual gifts, and in a dozen other ways. Disunity will kill a church at lightning speed. If your church does not know how to get along, how to have real conversations and authentic loving relationships, your future is bleak.

The list could go on and on. There should probably be about 15 more things on this list. What do you think they are? What would you add to the list of easy ways to kill a church?

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6 David Crowder Band Songs That Shaped Me

The David Crowder Band is my favorite Christian band of all time. When I was a teenager in high school navigating the waters of adolescence and Christianity, The David Crowder Band changed me, shaped me, and encouraged me through their thought-provoking, theologically rich, and downright worshipful music. Here are 6 David Crowder Band songs that shaped me.

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1. Here Is Our King – A Collision (2005)

It brings me to tears every time. “Here is our King, here is our Love, here is our God who’s come to bring us back to Him.” This song brought out the life-changing truth of the gospel, that Jesus is my King, my love, and my God came to bring me back to him in spite of my sin and filth. This song opened my eyes to the fact that the King of the universe loved me so much that he came to earth and died so that he could bring me back to Him.

Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUjrbuQ4WOw&spfreload=10

2. Wholly Yours – A Collision (2005)

“I am full of earth, You are heaven’s worth, I am stained with dirt, prone to depravity, You are everything that is bright and clean, The antonym of me, You are divinity.” The intro to this beautiful song of praise taught me how Holy God is and how depraved I am. This led to a deeper understanding of the beauty and power of grace: “And the truest sign of grace was this: From wounded hands redemption fell down, Liberating Man.” From Christ’s wounded hands on the cross I was redeemed and liberated. This realization causes me to sing loudly the final chorus of this song: “So here I am, all of me, Finally everything, Wholly, wholly, wholly, I am wholly, wholly, wholly, I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours.”

Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdSKNBNzB4w&spfreload=10

3. I Saw The Light – A Collision (2005)

The first time I heard David Crowder Band’s version of “I Saw the Light” I confused at first (having not grown up hearing hymns sung in church). But by the end, I was clapping, dancing, and declaring that I had seen the light. This happenin’ rendition of the classic hymn taught me how to celebrate the new life of light that I live because of Jesus. “I saw the light, I saw the light No more darkness, no more night. Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight Praise the Lord, I saw the light!”

Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lTP7bAum68&spfreload=10

4. O Praise Him (All This For A King) – Illuminate (2003)

All of creation declares the glory of God. I knew this truth in my head as a kid, but “O Praise Him (All This For A King)” grabbed my heart and helped me realize that when I sing “All to Christ our King” or any other song of praise that I am joining in with all of creation to declare the holiness of God. King Jesus is so holy and so worthy of all the praise in the universe that it moves me to sing “O Praise Him! O Praise Him! O Praise Him! He is Holy!”

Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vlqU_24ccM&spfreload=10

5. God Almighty None Compares – Church Music (2009)

This is another song that powerfully declares the greatness of God. As a teenager, I didn’t have an accurate view of the grandeur and majesty of God. The guitar and drums in this song grabbed my attention first, but then I began to listen more closely to the lyrics: “Glory and honor, wisdom and power, Grace and fury, splendor and might. O You are splendor and might! Matchless beauty, endless light!” To dwell on these words declaring God’s majesty led me to a better understanding of God’s greatness and power. “None compares to You, None compares to You, There is none like You! Holy, holy God almighty!”

Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ey91z01Ck&spfreload=10

6. Oh Great God Give Us Rest – Give Us Rest (2012)

“We’re all worn thin from all of this, At the end of our hope with nothing left.” We’ve all been there haven’t we? We’ve all cried out to God in our weariness and pain something like these words: “Could you take a song and make it thine, From a crooked heart twisted up like mine? Would you open up Heaven’s glory light? Shine on in and give these dead bones life.” These lyrics bring out the reality that when we are honest and cry out to God in our weariness and brokenness, he lifts us up and transforms our songs of lament into songs of joy. I can’t explain it, I can’t define it, but I remember singing this song loudly alone in my car. When I was at the end of my hope and I cried out to God honestly for the first time in a long time and he shined in and brought life into my dead bones.

Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sdK0BgqSIg&spfreload=10


Thank you God for using this music to bring people to yourself and to make your name great. Thank you David Crowder Band for your heart and passion for music declaring the glory of God. Your music guided me and brought me closer to God throughout the most formative years of my life. I cannot thank you enough.

What do you think of these songs? What songs have had an impact on your life and walk with God? Please comment and share! I look forward to hearing!

7 People In Your Church Who Shouldn’t Lead Anything

Bad leaders kill good churches. It is extremely important to have good, Godly leaders in place throughout a church. Any person in any position of leadership can tear down the rest of the church at lightning speed. This goes for pastors, volunteer leaders, deacons, elders, trustees, Sunday school teachers, sound booth guys, small group leaders, and any other position of leadership in a church. Here are some people who should not be leading ANYTHING in your church.

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1. Mean people

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, to be perpetually mean and grumpy is not an option. “Mean” and “Leader” are antonyms as far as I am concerned. Good leaders lift people up, smile, display kindness and compassion and at the very least politeness. Do not allow mean-spirited people to lead. No one will want to serve or volunteer under a mean person – even if they are the most (or only) qualified person. It will also reflect poorly on the church as a whole if there are mean people in leadership positions. People are drawn to good leaders that build them up, teach them, love them, and lead by example. There is no place for mean people in church leadership.

2. Selfish people 

Good leaders are selfless, not selfish. They put the needs of everyone else ahead of their own needs. They want to build other people up, serve other people, and use their time and their energy in a way that benefits the people around them more than themselves. Bad leaders use their authority to get what they want and to force that on other people. They abuse their power to serve themselves rather than the people they have been called to lead. There is no room for selfishness in church leadership.

3. Arrogant people

Humility is perhaps the most important quality of a good church leader. It displays an accurate understanding of that person’s position and relationship to God and other people. Pride is the most common downfall of church leaders because it leads to so many problems. Humility on the other hand is the very spirit that Christians are called to exude. Church leaders are to treat others as better than themselves and more important than themselves. Prideful, arrogant people should not be leading.

4. Lazy people 

In our culture, people are almost always workaholics or lazy. Lazy people never get anything done. Lazy people value comfort, ease, and relaxation more than growth and progress. Churches need to be constantly changing, growing, and moving forward. Otherwise, they will get stuck, fall behind, and perhaps never recover. Good church leaders are hard workers that understand the importance of being content but never satisfied. When you are looking for someone to lead, look for a hard worker.

5. Hypocritical people 

We all hate these people. We often give them less grace than we should because we are all hypocritical to some degree, but there are some people who are excellent hypocrites. They stand up and condemn the very things that they themselves struggle with. Rather than being honest and repentant, they keep their dark side in the shadows and refuse to confess and repent. Look for honest leaders who will be honest about their failures, honest about their weaknesses, and who will repent. Unrepentant sin is always the most dangerous thing in any believer’s life. Do not allow exceptionally hypocritical people to lead.

6. Silent people

Good leaders speak up when they need to. They say the things that need to be said, have hard conversations, and stand up for what is right. Bad leaders keep their mouths shut when it matters most because they are too afraid of the consequences. Good leaders also know when to keep their mouths shut and listen.

7. Fearful people

Good leaders are courageous and bold. They lead people where they need to go and are not afraid of the scary things that come with walking down the right path. Though all people have natural fears, good leaders are not timid. They embrace the unknown and the dangers and fears that come with that. Church leaders that inspire growth and change must be strong enough and brave enough to set their fears aside in order to do the right thing.

What else would you add to this list? What would you take off? Please share your thoughts below!