Know What Lies Ahead for Your Church Each local church is unique and has its own personality. But almost every congregation will face the same numerical barriers, according to decades of church growth research. These barriers can sidetrack good churches and leave their pastors and leadership teams wondering why attendance has slowed, plateaued, or even declined. Drawing from tried and true success with his own church and from years of working with other churches worldwide, Michael Fletcher explains that internal changes--not external--are the key to clearing these hurdles. Inside, you will learn: The points where active membership ordinarily stalls out The changing roles of pastors and leadership teams at each growth stage How to facilitate strong relationships within the congregation Ways for churches to jumpstart their ministries...and more Throughout, Fletcher emphasizes that growing attendance numbers is not the goal. Instead, it is all about growing people and extending God's kingdom on earth.