It’s rare for churches to start out insider-focused—but over time, many drift from reaching new people to solely caring for those already in the pews. This article explores four of the most common reasons churches become inwardly fixated.
Mitigating risk, clinging to old methods, over-planning, and lacking vision can all gradually shift a church’s focus inward. Each of these factors subtly erode outward mission, and author Tony Morgan provides great explanation as to why.
Throughout the article, the core theme is that insider-focused churches have lost their appetite for risk and change in pursuit of the Great Commission. Morgan warns against common pitfalls and diagnoses why vibrant vision fades over time. Church leaders concerned about drift will find this a spur to refocusing outward.