Study: Poor Planning Impedes Church Progress

The Christian Post reports that most pastors have no problem identifying needs and problems in their communities, but 67 percent say they don’t understand why progress toward solutions is so slow. A new study by LifeWay research found that only 29 percent of pastors strongly agreed that they had a clear plan to transform their churches into what God wanted them to be. “The effectiveness of local church ministry often is jeopardized by poor organization,” diagnosed Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research. “Understanding God’s calling and the context of the church is important, but leadership requires knowing where you are, knowing where you need to go, and knowing how to get there. Most pastors actively pursue the first two, but many struggle with the third.”

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