My Response to Perry Nobel’s “8 reasons why come churches don’t grow” #8

Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, Greenville and Florence, South Carolina. At just nine years old, the church averages over 10,000 people. Perry wrote an article on why some churches don’t grow. Perry’s article can be found here:

This is not intended to be a personal criticism of Perry (I don’t know Perry and I’m assuming he’s a great guy with a great multi-site church) but because his reasons why some churches do not grow are shared by many I thought I’d respond to these popular attempts to explain why churches don’t grow and the underlining assumption that if these reasons can be corrected then the church will grow.

Perry Reason #8: Selfish Attitudes  

Matthew 20:28 says it all…and if we are going to be more like Jesus we’ve GOT to serve others rather than expecting the church to be our servant all of the time.  When a person (or group of people) refuse to embrace that a call to follow Jesus is a call to serve…then we’ve lost sight of who He is and eventually we will make being a Christian all about Jesus following/serving us rather than us taking up our cross and following Him!

Dave: Well I guess I don’t have much of a problem with this one as long as Perry is speaking to Christians in general and not pastors specifically but since his article was found on (under the link for pastors) I’ve got to assume he’s addressing pastors.

There must be pastors out there who think the church exists to meet their needs and to serve them…but I’ve never met one.

What always amazes me is the degree of service and sacrifice most pastors are willing to make in order to pastor their people. Most pastors are over-worked, underpaid, go the second mile (not to mention the third and fourth mile), turn the other cheek, say yes more than no, are underappreciated, take the blame, and don’t get the credit. If selfishness on the part of pastors is a reason why many churches don’t grow then how does one explain the majority of selfless pastors, who despite their sacrifices, still have small churches?

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