Ever wonder if you’re ready to lead a church to revitalization? Today we cover eight reasons you may NOT be ready.
Today’s Listener Question:
Our church is struggling to find a new pastor. I think it has to do with our current situation. The church has declined over the past few decade and has seen several pastors come and go. We just need a pastor who will stick it out here but can’t find one. Why is it so hard to find and keep pastors in a church that needs revitalizing?
- Hiring a young pastor is not a magic bullet for church revitalization.
- A typical church revitalization takes more than five years.
- A pastor leading revitalization has to be a pastor with a long-term perspective.
- If you don’t ask for help, you often don’t get it.
- Pastors need to know how thick their skin is before entering into church revitalization.
- Taking risks means there will be significant change
- We need more wise, risk-taking pastors.
The eight reasons some pastors aren’t ready for revitalization are:
- It usually takes a long time
- It requires facing reality
- The pastor could lose his job
- It often requires asking for help
- It requires a thick skin
- It means you may hurt some people you love
- It requires perseverance and tenacity
- It means taking risks
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Church Answers
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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