A friend of mine on Facebook posted an article on why small churches stay small. "10 Reasons Why Small Churches Stay Small" I've pastored a small church that really didn't want to grow. Like the article says, the members never said it aloud but their actions sure did. Many were resistant to new ideas. They were extremely concerned about money. And it was an unhealthy church.
This article articulates the reasons churches stay small. I like it because it addresses problems that exist. Far too many people ignore such problems or are in denial about them.
One of the people who commented on the article said that he wanted to give it to the elders of his church. I think senior church leaders (i.e. district superintendents, bishops, overseers, etc.) should also read it. Then perhaps there would be better understanding of what some pastors are up against.
This article was helpful to me. I hope it is helpful to you.