Just so you know, I speak from experience.
There was a time when my church did well. One Sunday we had to bring out more chairs there were so many people. That was cool.
Except the entire time my church was “doing well” and I preached to filled chairs, I felt completely compromised and miserable. I was preaching a party line and had actually no idea what I was talking about.
I began reading the Bible obsessively. I saw things I never saw before. I began preaching those things. People began to leave slowly. But there was one thing I did which completely pulled the rug out from under everything and the church has not yet recovered. And, just so you know, this was ten years ago now.
If you’d like to know how I ruined my church in one month, or would like to try it yourself (it was exciting), here’s how you do it.
1) Identify your church’s pet program. This is the thing your church is most proud of, what it brags about most. This is the thing that takes up people’s time and money and energy. For us it was a youth group. Our youth group was almost twice the size of our church.