LifeMar 12, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
Whether we're talking membership numbers or transformative growth, it's undeniable that many churches today are facing a crisis. As a long-time pastor's wife, award-winning author Michelle Lazurek has seen it all firsthand. If discipleship has grown stagnant and row after row of empty pews fills your church every week, one of Lazurek's top reasons for a dying church could be the culprit:
One of the more painful yet incredibly significant realities behind churches that wither and die is that the pews may be full, yet they are full of false converts and rocks in the soil preventing seeds of faith from taking root. Christ's parable of the sower in Matthew 13:5-6 gives us an incredibly clear picture of what happens here and why: “Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” According to Lazurek, "members of your church who have shallow soil have not allowed the word of God to take root in their lives. When vision changes or situations don’t go their way, conflict sprouts, causing unnecessary drama Satan uses to make the church ripe for church factions and splits."
"Growth in numbers comes as a reward for the transformation that God is doing in our hearts, Lazurek concludes. "Tend your church’s soil and seeds will have no choice but to take root."
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