According to the latest social media posts, 100% of churches are doing great. At least that’s how it can seem. Everyone else’s church is growing, and yours, well, let’s just say it’s a spiritual growth season. All of us, myself included, hate to admit that our church is struggling or that our church has lost momentum. So, too often we go months or even years ignoring the signs that things may be falling apart.
The good news is 99% of the time whatever is going on can be fixed. The bad news is before it can be fixed you have to admit it’s broken.
It could be a system. It could be a ministry. It could be the entire church has just lost the momentum it once had, and you can’t figure out how to get it back.
Hopefully, I can give you some steps to help you regain momentum. But before I do that, let me address where many of you are because I’ve been there.
Many of you are tired and broken. You wouldn’t want to admit it, but many of you have already given up. You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that this is just how it’s always going to be, so what’s the use in trying?
I’m here to tell you, that’s not the case. It can be fixed. It can be everything God intends for it to be, but it’s not going to be a quick fix, and it’s not going to be easy.
So, when you’re done having your pity party, and you’re ready to give it everything you’ve got, I’d love to share with you…
2 Simple Steps to Regain Momentum
- Admit You’ve Lost It
What’s the first step in fixing any problem? Admitting you have one, and this is especially tough for pastors and leaders. But as tough as it is, you have to admit it to move forward. Maybe it was caused by a secret sin in your life. Maybe you neglected the simple things like prayer and reading your Bible. Maybe someone you trusted hurt you. Whatever it was, confess it, and move ahead.
- Go Back to the Source
Too often the last place we go should have been the place we started. If you’re struggling to find momentum, you need to start by seeking God.
But I have this against you that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Revelation 2:4-5
Forget about church strategy for a while. Forget about the numbers. Forget about all that stuff, and go back to focusing on your relationship with God. He is the source of your passion and purpose, and only He can restore the momentum you once had.
Your relationship with God is only as good as you want it to be, and if you’ve lost momentum, now you know where to find it.
Has there ever been a time in ministry you lost momentum? How did you get it back? I’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment below, and if you haven’t already make sure to subscribe to the blog to get tips on church growth, leadership, and more delivered to your inbox each week.