Six Principles of Patience in Church Revitalization

Episode #109
September 5, 2019
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Patience is required in church revitalization because when you’re dealing with long-term members, change doesn’t happen overnight and neither does growth. Today, we discuss six principles of patience needed in revitalization.

Episode Highlights:

  • Successful revitalizations often require pastors to preach, pray, love, and stay.
  • Some of the victories in church revitalization are incremental and need to be celebrated.
  • Long term church staff members sometimes struggle with an entitlement mentality.
  • If you don’t have support of leadership, moving out a long-time staff member can be difficult and costly.

The six principles we discuss are:

  1. Trust of pastors typically takes around five years.
  2. Moving from defeatism to victories is incremental.
  3. Leadership must wait on some of the healthy members to move forward.
  4. Leadership must wait on some of the less healthy members to move out.
  5. It can take a few years to deal with toxic members.
  6. It takes years to learn true celebration.

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