Is Serving in a Revitalization a Unique Calling?

Episode #056
August 30, 2018
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Every pastor should have a sense of calling to ministry. But is that necessarily to revitalization or not? Today, we discuss that calling.

Today’s Listener Question:


Is serving in a revitalization a separate calling than the initial calling to pastoral ministry? If so, how?

Episode Highlights:

  • “Revitalization is God’s work. You’re not gonna make it happen in a church just because you show up as the pastor.”
  • “In a revitalization, you need spousal perseverance, not just spousal cooperation.”
  • Your community should feel the impact of your church and the presence your church members.
  • Church revitalizers need to have a long term perspective.
  • Pastors, don’t let your self worth be tied up in the size of your church.

The six aspects of a calling that we discuss are:

  1. It is a local congregational calling
  2. It is a family calling
  3. It is a stage-of-life calling
  4. It is a missionary calling
  5. It is a community calling
  6. It is a personality calling

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