Activating the Passive Church: Diagnosis and Treatment by Lyle E. Schaller

By Lyle E. Schaller

Written for either lay and ordained congregational leaders, this well timed publication diagnoses the motives of church passivity, and formulates a style for combatting the matter. Dr. Schaller classifies church buildings in line with their inner dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demonstrates what number have conquer the "twenty-year syndrome" - that awkward time whilst fairly new church buildings are likely to lose their experience of path. He additionally indicates how church buildings could make a soft transition from one pastor to a different, and the way new contributors can be utilized in constructing a good church application.

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Late that night the minister goes home, following two hours of normal and predictable behavior by two-thirds of the board members, and says to his wife, "I simply can't understand why a bunch of remarkably gifted, highly trained, exceptionally competent, and obviously brilliant board members can sit there like a bunch of dummies for two hours at a board meeting! " 7. A parallel pattern of passivity sometimes is found in the congregation in which the historical record reveals either a high turnover in ministers and program staff members, and/or the strong-willed and authoritarian leadership style of one staff person who served for a long period of time.

Another subtle source of passivity can be, in some middle-sized and larger congregations, few members knowing more than a small proportion of the total membership by name. This tends to be a serious concern when most of the longtime leaders cannot address the newer members by name. Since many of the most creative suggestions for innovative ministries come from newer members, this high level of anonymity tends to smother activity and nourish passivity. 19. While one must be cautious about exaggerating the cause-and-effect relationship, there is a pronounced tendency toward an excessive degree of passivity in those congregations in which substantially more than one-half of the adult (age eighteen and over) members have been in that same congregation for twelve to fifteen years or longer, and are older couples with no children under eighteen at home, widowed, or never-married mature adults.

Ben Harris and his colleagues at Bethel Church illustrated this syndrome. 9. One of the most complex sources of passivity in a congregation can be traced back to a decline in the numerical size of the church. There are at least four common dimensions to this condition. First, the declining church usually is receiving and assimilating a comparatively small number of new members. Since new members often constitute the major source of new ideas, enthusiasm, a strong and optimistic view of the future, creative and productive workers for new ventures, and support for the current minister, lack of a flood of new members often creaks a favorable climate for passivity.

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