The Six Characteristics of a Scrappy Church

Episode #477
October 19, 2018
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Podcast Episode #477

My latest book, Scrappy Church, was written to offer hope to churches who think they may not have a future. God is not done with your church yet.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • God has put you at your church for a reason.
  • If a church refuses to define reality and change, it will likely not fulfill its Kingdom potential.
  • Churches shouldn’t see their community or their resources as limitations but as opportunities for ministry.
  • Instead of worrying about what we don’t have, we need to take what God has given us and do something with it.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear; it’s moving forward in spite of fear.

The six transitions scrappy church leaders have to make are:

  1. Excuses to Ownership
  2. Obstacles to Allies
  3. Limitations to Abundance
  4. Despair to Joy
  5. Fear to Courage
  6. Impossible to Possible

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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