There are many reasons I have heard, and am hearing, to explain why we do not start churches in America.
1) Windshield survey – I hear many refer to what we call the ‘windshield survey.’ This refers to the ‘general perception’ one gets as we drive around our areas. When I look around from my car as I drive and see a church building on almost every corner, I quickly conclude that we have plenty of churches and thus we do not need to start new ones.
I wish this was true, but there is not any area of our country that is over churched!
2) Church is too complicated for me to operate – Most churches are very complicated from an operations perspective. Whether it is its size, its adopted process to operate, church is beyond the desire of most to be in charge of operating and thus beyond their desire to start.
3) I am too busy – This one is the big winner of the day. I have been in regions working and nothing happens because everyone who has engaged to this point are already too busy doing what Jesus wants them to do. Their work is Jesus based, they are not wasting their time; but they are too busy.
Questions to consider:
- What does Jesus want us to do?
- How do I best overcome my busyness?
- How do I best help others to overcome these and other barriers?