What are the Top 3 Barriers to Church Growth? #2 – Self-Development

Top 3 Growth BarriersYesterday I shared the first of the top three Growth Barriers that all churches face, regardless of size (click here for that post).

The second barrier to growth in your church is:


The best definition of Self-Development that I’ve found is the combination of Leadership Ability and Spiritual Maturity.

Ken Blanchard describes this concept when he says that a leader should develop their:

  • Heart – Spiritual Maturity
  • Habits – Personal Growth
  • Hands – Key Skills
  • Head – Education & Intelligence

And here’s why this is so important… When a pastor isn’t growing:

  • The church stops growing
  • The sermons are stale
  • The passion for ministry wanes

So, Pastor, can you relate to any of the above symptoms?

If so (or if you just want to be sure that you don’t experience those symptoms), here’s my question for you this morning:

What is your intentional plan for self-development?

– What Books do you plan to read over the next year?

– What Audio Recordings do you plan to listen to?

– What Seminars and Conferences are you going to attend?

– What Coaching Network are you going to participate in?

Here’s a challenging prayer to pray to avoid “being” the barrier to growth at your church:

God make me into the person I need to be to lead this church at twice its size!

P.S. If you’re ready to cooperate with God in answering that prayer, you might be a good fit for my new Senior Pastor Tele-Coaching Network!

It starts two weeks from today and it’s almost full, but I have room for a few more if you Apply Now.  For all the information and to Apply Now, visit:


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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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