25 Assumptions that Negatively Impact Personal and Corporate Spritual Growth

  1. Change is evil.
  2. 99% of the budget is to be directed inward.
  3. Christ died so we could sit in rows and look at the back of people’s heads.
  4. As long as you get the Lord’s supper you can leave.
  5. Community can be achieved through shallow one hour a week interactions.
  6. God’s word can be mastered.
  7. God doesn’t care how we worship him.
  8. The Lord’s supper is a time for dim and dreary reflection.
  9. People get the most from Bible class when you lecture 500 obscure bits and pieces at them for an hour and then run out of time for actual application.
  10. Young people don’t want to get deep in the Word of God.
  11. The Holy Spirit is not active today in the lives of believers.
  12. Prayers are said with as much conviction as though they weren’t making it past the ceiling.
  13. Shepherds exist to make the business and financial decisions of the church.
  14. Our lives are not really worship.
  15. God’s word is a tool used to leverage verses against other people to get your way.
  16. The order of our worship is more important than the attitude in which it is done (from the heart).
  17. The poor get enough help from the government. That’s why I pay taxes.
  18. The response to disaster in a community or the world is to throw money at it and feel less guilty that we couldn’t do more.
  19. Other churches teach so much about giving we just won’t talk about it at all.
  20. We don’t use words like witness or testimony because that sounds too much like the denominations.
  21. Missionaries and ministers do our ministry and evangelism for us. That’s why we give on Sunday.
  22. I don’t really need to know where I fit in the body of Christ.
  23. Doing is more important than being.
  24. My behavior doesn’t really affect my relationship with God.
  25. Someone who cuts me off in traffic is less lovable than myself.

About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

7 Responses to 25 Assumptions that Negatively Impact Personal and Corporate Spritual Growth

  1. Lantz Howard says:

    Thanks for bringing these assumptions to light. Valid points that every church should and must talk about.

  2. K. Rex Butts says:


    Can I have permission to share this with the Leadership Focus Group at my congregation?

    Great things to think of!

    Grace and peace,


  3. wistle says:

    God is Love. But material concerns can displace God from our hearts. That is also what Jesus taught. If you can find joy and happiness without money you’ve really discovered what it means to be a Christian.


  4. mattdabbs says:


    This stuff is always for whatever use you need. The only thing I ask is that your Turabian is perfect when you footnote me 🙂

  5. Caleb & Sol says:

    “In God we make our boast all day long” – Psalm 44:8

    Thanks for your thoughts!


  6. I think I’m gonna print this out & put it on the bulletin board at the church building

  7. mattdabbs says:

    #22 started out – If I am a member of the body of Christ I must be the appendix because I don’t know what my function is. But that sounded more like a statement of fact than an assumption.

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