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#1 – Laziness - Most people/churches are not “stuck” or in decline because they do not know or understand what the Lord wants them to do…God speaks very clearly in His Word and through His Spirit.  It’s just that God’s work always requires people to take a step of faith!  Remember, God promised the Israelites the “Promised Land,” but they actually had to go in and fight the battles.  A church that refuses to do whatever it takes and embraces laziness will eventually settle in the desert until that generation dies off.


#2 – Fear of Man – God has called His people to set the world on fire; unfortunately, too many church leaders today waste their time trying to put fires out and make people happy!  Scripture pretty much sums it up in Proverbs 29:25!  If your first question is always, “What does our biggest giver want” and not “What does God want,” your church is stepping into the casket!


#3 – Pride – When a church and/or its leaders are not willing to admit a mistake OR that a method that used to work just doesn’t work anymore…it’s over.


#4 – Staff Abuse – This is something I’ve written about a lot lately…but I will say it over and over again; when a leader cares more about what his staff does than who they are becoming, then he will begin to push them to put in 70-80 hour weeks on a consistent basis…and when they begin to show signs of being pushed too hard, he will accuse them of being “disloyal” or “not bought in enough to make things happen.”  When a leader begins to do this (and other “leaders” sit by passively and watch it happen), then the quality of staff members the church is about to attract and keep will decrease significantly.

(One note on this…many times, a pastor/leader who leads like this is lazy!  They often wait until the last minute to do things and then expect the entire staff to change and rearrange everything they are doing to accommodate their lack of planning.  Changes DO happen in ministry; heck, we had to switch up our entire Easter services at the last minute.  BUT…this should be the exception and NOT the norm.  AND…when it really is the exception, the staff will always respond with passion and excitement because there is a consistent track record of loyalty TOWARDS them!)


#5 – Loss of Focus – When a pastor/leader (or group of leaders) become more obsessed with their “ministry platform” and begin to dive into other “ministry opportunities” and do so with such frequency that they cease to love the people that Jesus has called them to minister to, disaster is right around the corner because the church will become nothing more than a resource for the pastor to promote himself rather than a group of people whom God has brought together and given him responsibility over to love and lead.



Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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Dr. Luke Kauffman

commented on Aug 2, 2011

As a church conflict consultant, this is one of the best ariticles of church advice I have ever read. May all of God's servants have access to it is my prayer.

Tanya Partin Lawton

commented on Aug 2, 2011

I have not read the article completely yet but it is a lot like what is going on in a number of Churches. I just wish they would listen to the disciples that are looking at them and realize that some of us are sent by God to help remind them to do the things they did at first. But there are a lot of people in the Churches that are set in their ways and are going to assist a lot of people in going to hell. I am willing to heop but they must except the word of the Lord like little children who always want to learn everything there is to learn. Little kids are like sponges and the love the one who brings them knowledge. I wish all disciples would unite under one banner of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Martin Baariu Muriuki

commented on Aug 3, 2011

I think this is an angelic revelation about what is going on in our churches especially in Africa! In many conferences I have attended, these matters have been discussed on end! Especially where you find televangelists turning out to be like stange actors rather than preachers of the gospel of Christ!My prayer is that the LORD in his abundance odf mercy and love reveal to them the damage they are causing the body of Christ. THIS IS A PROPHETIC ARTICLE, PASTOR. MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU.

Rufino W. Gonzales

commented on Aug 4, 2011

I am enlighened. It is revealing and inspiring. Thank you Perry.

Joseph Eckmeyer

commented on Aug 5, 2011

" Changes DO happen in ministry;HECH , we had to switch up our entire Easter services at the last minute.." Do christians use slang for cuss words in articles to preachers???? No one else thinks this is offensive and wrong?? 1 Thes 5:22, Perry Noble has a rock band perform before preaching and uses foul language in articles on a Christian website. Is everyone so worldly now that we can't see this in plain site? James 1:26

commented on Aug 5, 2011

Great advice pastor perry. Continue to be a blessing to other pastors, no matter what the 'heck' they say!!!

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