On average, it takes 50 church members a year to lead one person to Jesus.
Thom Rainer suggests that an evangelistically healthy “church conversion ratio” (CCR) is about 20:1 (that is, 20 church members leading one person to Jesus per year).
Less than 5% of churches in the U.S. hit this particular target.
But is it possible to move closer to, say, a 3:1 church conversion ratio? Or (and this is really going to blow your mind), what about a 1:3 church conversion ratio?
Imagine every member in your church making at least one disciple each year!
What would it take to get there?
Most churches in the United States are declining or dying. While there are a variety of reasons, the simple explanation is that many churches are not proclaiming the gospel or making disciples.
Thankfully, the Bible gives us ample instruction and encouragement to become powerful witnesses and grow our churches once again. In fact, there’s one verse that sums up what it will take to become a disciple-making church:
John Maxwell has been writing books on leadership for decades. This one is my favorite by far. In Thinking For A Change, Maxwell doesn’t tell you what to think but how to think. He shares 11 mental habits everyone needs to develop, including:
- Big-Picture Thinking – seeing the world beyond your own needs and how that leads to great ideas
- Focused Thinking – removing mental clutter and distractions to realize your full potential
- Shared Thinking – working with others to compound results
- Reflective Thinking – looking at the past to gain a better understanding of the future.
Have you read this book? If so, what were the most helpful habits discussed?
It’s all about you!
In the pastor driven church, it’s all about your gifts, your strengths, your abilities.
If something needs to get done, don’t bother asking a member to do it. They’ve said no a dozen times before. Why would they start pitching in now?
After all, that’s how you’ve trained them to act because they know you’ll always pick up the slack.
That’s what they pay you for right?
But that’s okay. It feels nice to be needed. So, you spend most of your time doing what a volunteer could do for free. That means you rarely have time for sermon prep, personal disciple making, and casting vision.
The Pastor Driven Church sacrifices bold preaching and personal disciple making for powerless people pleasing.
Reminder: “feeling nice” and pleasing people isn’t your calling. Sacrifice is.
Not the kind of sacrifice you’re currently modeling. The 24/7 on call schedule that takes you away from your family isn’t the sacrifice you were called to make. Trying to cater to every whim of every church member is a sacrifice you brought on your self.