Mark Clifton joins us to discuss the most common fears pastors in revitalizations and replants have.
Today’s Listener Question:
Our church once had a pastor who walked on eggshells all the time. He was afraid of upsetting people both in the community and in the church. He was paralyzed by fear. Is that something that’s common with those in church revitalization? What fears do pastors have when trying to revitalize or replant a church?
- No pastor wants to be the last pastor of a church.
- If God has placed you as pastor at a church, He’s got a reason for you to be there at that specific time.
- Pastors shouldn’t play the blame game if the church they lead doesn’t have what they would consider adequate resources.
- Daniel slept in the lions’ den, so can you.
- If you’re pastoring in a revitalization, you need to preach, pray, love, and stay.
The five fears we discuss are:
- Fear of failure. What happens if the church fails?
- Fear of inadequate resources
- Fear of my family not adjusting
- Fear of burnout
- Fear of the long-term commitment required
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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