But wait! There’s more. Part two of Thom and Sam’s discussion on success stories from churches on the verge of dying but recovered and are now thriving.
First 3 lessons covered episode #603
- You have to make hard decisions now.
- It is still about the Great Commission.
- Membership still matters.
- Reality is tough to face.
- Hard decisions should be made around the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
- We get so busy putting out fires and going to meetings, we don’t get to the business of the Church.
- Distraction is one of the ways Satan slowly kills churches.
- Churches are simultaneously fragile and resilient.
- Don’t lower the standards of membership or leadership in a turnaround church.
- Before a church is able to make a comeback, it must first ask for help.
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:
- Lessons Learned from Churches That Almost Died but Didn’t (Part 1)
- Revitalize and Replant
- Membership Matters – Chuck Lawless
- I Am a Church Member – Thom S. Rainer
- I Will – Thom S. Rainer
- Anatomy of a Revived Church – Thom S. Rainer
- Church Consultation University Webinar
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