Leading a church in revitalization requires not only tactical patience but strategic patience as well. Thom and Mark describe strategic patience and why it the fruit of revitalization may not be evident for five years.
1. The Berry Bucket often takes that long.
2. The denial factor is often entrenched.
3. Trust in the pastor often begins after 5 years
4. There are many fires to put out.
5. Evangelism as a priority often takes 5 years.
6. Prayer must move from perfunctory to desperate.
7. But low-hanging fruit is possible in the short term.
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