Revitalization takes thick skin to avoid the discouragements and criticisms. Today, we discuss five common criticisms and how to handle them.
Today’s Listener Question:
I hear you speak a lot about conflict. What are some keys to keep in mind as you deal with conflict and the hard work that comes during a replant or revitalization?
- The ubiquitous presence of criticism has made it both easier to take and to ignore criticism.
- You have to love Jesus more than you love the things in your church.
- If you’re looking to revitalize a church, you need spousal perseverance. Your spouse has to be all-in.
- You can’t serve in the pastorate while in isolation. You need people pouring into your life in the ministry.
The five reasons we discuss are:
- Church members will criticize you as you lead change.
- Family and friends may think you are crazy.
- You probably won’t get much recognition for your work.
- Peers may have a condescending attitude toward you.
- You may not be perceived to be as cool as a church planter.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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