My Response to Perry Noble’s “8 reasons why some churches don’t grow.” #3

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 #3 Passionless Leadership 

When a leader does what he/she does for a paycheck and not because it’s their passion…it’s over.  I’ve said at this site before…I want difference makers not paycheck takers.  AND…also…it is hard to be passionate about a place when a persons average stay at a church is two years or less.

Dave: You’ve got to have a pretty large church accompanied by a pretty large paycheck before you’re going to be tempted to “be in it for the money.” Rod Tidwell just called and wants to know where the money is? (see, Jerry Maguire) Show me the money!

The vast majority of churches in America are at or under 100. Those that can pay their pastors a full time salary are usually still underpaying their pastors. The remaining churches are led by bivocational pastors.

I guess all I’m asking is, where are these pastors who are in it for the money? I don’t know any. And if they are out there…how would one know? It’s not like a pastor “in it for the money” is going to come up to Perry and say, “Oh, by the way…I’m just in this for the money.”

Now I agree that we need to be passionate about our call and ministry. Most pastors of slow-growing, no-growing, or plateauing (is that a word?) churches are passionate and dedicated to their church and the Kingdom of God. So apparently “passion” is no guarantee of church growth.

I’ve gotten all worked up about this and need to find a paper bag to breathe into.

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