barrenThe barren church is a phenomenon that is careful orchestrated by the enemy of our souls, Satan.  Barrenness is perpetuated by the enemy to hamper the work of the ministry.  A barren church cannot fulfill the great commission.  A church can become barren for several reasons.  We will discuss five factors or situations that can cause a church to become barren.

  • Non Functioning Ministries

These are ministries or groups that were started within the church to handle a particular aspect of ministerial duty. The ministries were put in place to assist the pastor.  However, the church becomes barren when these  ministries cease to function in their assigned roles.  There is no life, edification, inspiration or revelation coming forth in the barren church.  The people  suffer, firstly, because there is no life in the ministry, and secondly, because the leader or pastor may not be spiritually alert enough to minister to their needs and to abort the enemy,s or Satan’s wicked and evil plans.  There is no giving birth to anything new; the ministry is essentially barren and dead.  An example of this is a men’s ministry that is no longer ministering to the needs of the men. You will often find in cases like these, that attendance is poor because the members have either scattered or have lost interest.  The Hebrew word for this type of barren situation  is ‘Agar’, which means: destruction or removal of degenerative organs or non-functioning organs.  A barren ministry is an open invitation for the enemy to come in to steal, kill and destroy. The enemy tries to destroy any ministry that is not doing what it is supposed to be doing.  By doing so, the enemy tries to ensures that the barren ministry will remains barren and will not be able to make a great impact if it overcomes its barrenness in the future.

  • Spiritual Abortion

The church suffers abortions and is continually deprived of her children.  People are coming to the Lord and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ into their hearts but they do not remain committed.  They return to their previous unconverted lifestyles. The ministry becomes a revolving door; new converts or new people enter but they leave soon after.  The church cannot sustain growth and membership either remains the same or decreases.  The ‘Hebrew’ word ‘Shekol’ describes this type of barrenness; it means ‘to miscarry, to suffer abortions, to be deprived of children, to make childless.  Jesus expects his church to make disciples and grow by sharing His Word with others, not to lose children by spiritual abortion and remain barren.   The church is suppose to grow as members are added to it and not become a revolving door for new converts.

  • Laziness 

People receive the word and grow spiritually fat but do not share the word with others.  Church members receive the salt of the word but refuse to put some of that salt in unsalted areas.  This may be due to complacency or a lack of motivation to take the word beyond the four walls of the church.  Consequently, the ministry becomes too salty and nothing grows where there is too much salt. The church becomes barren.  The Hebrew word is ‘Malechah’ which means ‘a salted desert or barren land.  It is very important to share the Word of God with others,  then return to church for a refilling in order to go and share some more.  Sometimes sharing one on one is the only way that some people will ever hear and listen to the gospel.  Satan can use laziness and complacency to destroy a church and make it barren.

  • Rebellion

People in the ministry intentionally or willfully hold back from doing what they are capable of doing, do not assist others or do their best to see that the work of the ministry is carried out. This is a blatant refusal to cooperate with the pastor or leaders in the ministry.  People like this contribute to the evolution of the barren ministry.  Consequently, the work of the ministry suffers because the people who have been anointed in different areas, refuse to cooperate and refuse to do their best.  This result is a  barren ministry because the spirit of rebellion is being entertained.  The Hebrew word that describes this type of barren situation  is ‘otser’ meaning ‘to willfully or intentionally hold back’.