3 Challenging Resources to Help Your Church End 2020 Well

Posted by Aaron Buer on December 17, 2020

If you’re like me, you’re probably asking a lot of hard questions about your church’s well-being right now.  

  • How are we doing?  
  • Are we declining?  
  • Are we losing momentum?  
  • Are we in trouble?  
  • Are we going to make it?

Our leadership team has been wrestling with tough questions like these, and how could we not?

We’re in the middle of our second shutdown of in-person services, and the virtual attendance numbers are hard to understand and interpret.

Maybe you can relate.

Amidst these challenges, we’ve been asking hard questions and evaluating everything.

Over the last few weeks, three resources have helped me. I thought you might find them helpful too.


Recently, our executive pastor asked our leadership team to watch a talk Andy Stanley gave on Momentum.

It’s a few years old, but I found it to be insightful and challenging.

Momentum requires new, improved, and improving.

If you’re asking, “What are you even talking about?” trust me, check it out!   

The Year of Turnover

In a recent Carey Nieuwhof podcast, William Vanderbloemen made some challenging predictions about what 2021 will be like for churches.

I’ll give you a hint. He believes 2021 will be the year of turnover.

It was a fascinating conversation, and really made me think.

There may be some turbulent water ahead, even if we’re able to exit this pandemic.

How the Mighty Fall

I recently got sucked into a BuzzFeed article about companies that have filed for bankruptcy in 2020.

I know, I know…total time waster.

Needless to say, the list was long!

That article reminded me of a challenging Jim Collins book called, How the Mighty Fall.

If you haven’t read it, now would be a good time.

It’s part of a series of books that starts with Good to Great.

Essentially, it describes some of the reasons great organizations fail.

With all the pressure we are under as churches right now, it feels like a very relevant conversation.

Wrap Up

2020 has required some of our best thinking, planning, and adapting.

I want to encourage you to keep leading with strength and wisdom.

I’m hopeful these three resources will challenge and encourage you to deeper reflection, strategy, and staff conversations. 

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