My Response to Perry Noble’s “8 Reasons Why Some Churches Don’t Grow” #5

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 #5: Lack of Prayer 

Many times we work so hard putting our ideas together that we actually think there is no need for the supernatural power of God to be involved.  Prayer should not be the good luck charm that we stick at the beginning or the end of what we do…but rather it should be our constant desperation to see God do the undeniable among us. Intense desperation often brings undeniable revelation!

Dave: I work with pastors, a bunch of them, I’m entering into my sixth year of coaching pastors and I can’t think of one pastor who thinks, “…there is no need for the supernatural power of God to be involved.” And maybe it’s just me but it seems a bit insulting to infer that some pastors regard prayer as a “good luck charm.”

Could a “lack of prayer” be the reason why some churches don’t grow? Of course, but prayer, in and of itself, is no guarantee of numerical growth. I know churches that don’t have an emphasis upon prayer and they are growing. Others have an emphasis upon prayer and they’re not growing or growing slowly, or are in decline. If prayer was the key to church growth most of our churches would be bursting at the seams. Our nation is filled with praying, not growing churches.

Is your church a praying church? Then keep praying. Is your church not a praying church? Then start praying. Is your church praying for growth but not seeing any? Well then…welcome to the club. Any church that is a praying church is a successful church, even if it remains small.

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