Four Kinds of Leaders Who Will Not Successfully Lead a Church Revitalization

Episode #013
November 16, 2017
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Leadership is critical to successful revitalization. Today we discuss what kind of leaders often fail in the task.

Today’s Listener Question:


I read a lot about the types of pastors who should lead church revitalization, but what kinds of pastors *shouldn’t* try to lead revitalization?

Episode Highlights:

  • Fearful leaders are most often those who have been hurt in the past.
  • Social media has amplified criticism of pastors and leaders.
  • Many times, fearful leaders are not prayerful leaders.
  • A lot of church leaders are in denial about the health of their church and don’t want to know the truth.
  • Some church leaders are leading well…for 1985.
  • If all you’re doing is maintaining status quo, then you’re falling behind.
  • Coasting is not an option for leaders.

The four types of leaders who should not lead revitalization are:

  1. Fearful leaders
  2. Leaders in denial
  3. Comfortable leaders
  4. Coasting leaders

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