Barriers that Keep a Church from Growing

In Matthew 28, Jesus made it clear, we exist to lead others to Christ. When churches focus on the Great Commission, they may find it requires them to be a little different to grow Christ-followers. Listen in as IC Founder, Bart Rendel, shares three things that keep your church from growing.

  1. Inward Focus
  2. Governance
  3. Change

Baby steps toward change:

Inward Focus – How to make your big days about inviting

Governance – How to make your governance about shepherding

Change – How to make your focus evangelism

Bart Rendel

About Bart Rendel

Bart was an executive leader at Crossroads Christian Church in Lexington, KY and Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV for over eighteen years. Bart’s passion for serving churches comes from his upbringing as a pastor’s kids where he learned about the intentionality of reaching and growing people in Christ from his mother and father. His conviction runs deep. Bart and his family remain connected to Central Christian. He is married to Catherine with two children and finds the occasional time to play a round of golf or take in a Kentucky Wildcats game. He has been helping churches and leaders around the country increase their Kingdom Impact since 2004.


  • Avatar Mark Odell says:

    Hi Bart,
    Thanks for your comments. It might not matter to you to hear it, but I have to say I have a large disagreement with the basic premise that the church exists to lead others to Christ. It IS true, but it’s not the whole truth. Conversions is not the same as disciple-making–one is an event that is perhaps quite exciting, the other is a process that is messy and life-long–and, as you pointed out that some churches come unraveled at the thought of doing something as a church to be more evangelistic, the opposite extreme is what we see in much of the attractional/missional church model. Just my thoughts.
    Mark Odell

    • Bart Rendel Bart Rendel says:

      Hey Mark,

      Great to hear from you! I’m not sure I understand your disagreement, but I do appreciate your push for balance in church leadership. I don’t equate conversion with disciple making, but it does start there. I believe one of the most developmentally challenging ideas for a disciple is that they exist to make disciples as well – meaning reach people for Christ and assist in their development. Evangelism and discipleship are the flip-sides of the same coin and inextricably linked. I hope we get to continue this dialogue, perhaps in person. I believe you will find our thoughts more aligned than you might think.

      Blessings my friend,

  • Avatar Dean Johnson says:

    As usual Bart, good stuff!

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