Lies We’ve Been Told But Have Bought Anyway.

1. The back door can be closed.

2. Teaching on stewardship results in increased giving.

3. If you work really hard you can grow your church.

4. Great preaching and great music will bring great growth.

5. People with a background in business are the best people to have on your church board.

6. “missional” is new.

7. Traditional church models are automatically ineffective.

8. Mission statements are really important.

9. Pastors of larger churches must know something pastors of smaller churches don’t.

10. Formal church memberships result in greater commitment.

11. If you have a clear and well-articulated vision your church will grow.

12. Outreach events result in church growth.

13. The “attractional model” isn’t working anymore.

14. In order for an older pastor to attract a younger crowd he need to look and     sound cool.

15. If a church isn’t growing there must, must be something wrong.

16. Every once in a while it’s good for a pastor to insert a moderate curse word into his sermons. This will communicate that he is cool and contemporary, and radical.

17. Parishioners will follow the example of their pastor.

18. All healthy things grow and reproduce.


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  1. Maggie’s avatar

    I love this, Dave. I am grateful for you. Cheers for 2013!

  2. Karl Vaters’s avatar

    Wow, Dave. You hit that one on the head.

    What would have taken me an entire chapter to write, you put in 18 points that fit on a single page. Each point could be the starter for a long, helpful discussion in pastors’ groups.

    Thank you.

  3. Dave Jacobs’s avatar

    Thanks Karl. I’m not smart enough to be more wordy. Besides…I value brevity. Looking forward to reading your book.

  4. Dave Jacobs’s avatar

    Cheers back atcha Maggie.

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