- Who are we here for?
- Is what we are doing here today worth the life of the Son of God?
- Do we love people as much as Jesus does?
- Who is Jesus to you?
- What price are you personally willing to pay to reach people with the Gospel?
It may be best to have someone from the outside ask these questions. Such people can often explore the answers more deeply than someone from within the congregation. A pastor search committee recently told me the church wanted someone who could grow their church, and I responded, "Really? Are you sure about that?" They looked at me like I had just come into town on the back of a turnip truck. I began to explain what might have to happen in their church for growth to occur, and I asked them, "Are you sure you really want a pastor who will do the things that will enable your church to grow?" At that point they admitted they now weren't so sure that was what the church would want. The pastor of the church might not be able to challenge growth statements a congregation might say without getting into trouble with the leadership. A coach, a consultant, or a denominational leader might be the best person to ask these hard questions and lead the discussion that will follow.
Seldom will a church get unstuck or off a plateau unless it intentionally makes the effort to do so. To begin that intentional process it's important that the church begins by asking the above questions. Some of the answers to these questions may make you quite uncomfortable. That's OK because it is revealing some walls that need to come down in your church, and once those walls are removed people will have much easier access to God.