Seven Reasons a Guiding Coalition Is Vital in Church Revitalization

Episode #107
August 22, 2019
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Many times when we talk about church revitalization, we talk about change. And when you change things, you will need a guiding coalition to help implement and support the change.

Episode Highlights:

  • Influence grows exponentially when you enlist supporters to help carry out a vision.
  • It’s imperative for pastors to do a lot of listening when they are leading a church toward change.
  • The history of a church can often help define the present and project the future.
  • Roadblocks are most easily and most often overcome through relationships.

The seven reasons we discuss are:

  1. The coalition has webs of relationships.
  2. The coalition has built trust the pastor may not have.
  3. The coalition is critical to understand the history of the church.
  4. The coalition can handle roadblocks.
  5. The coalition can be a source of encouragement.
  6. The coalition should be a source of accountability.
  7. The coalition can provide the wisdom of crowds.

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