Change occurs through people. People follow leaders, and leaders know the value of relationship.
A pastor should first come in, love them where they are, earn their trust, then break the news to them of their current state.
Whether you labor in a church of thousands or a church of twenty where everyone has the same last name, pray that king Jesus would be glorified by your life and your ministry.
No doubt, there are other questions that may need to be asked, but some of these helped me make this solemn decision.
Every church revitalizer must remember that new life comes about not by pushing all the right buttons, but by the grace of God.
The numbers are staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local churches close their doors every year. What is even more disheartening about this statistic is that number only reflects Southern Baptist Churches — my denomination. Imagine how that number grows if you added the number of closing local churches from other established denominations, which some assert…
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The best approach for a pastor when entering a dysfunctional, dying congregation is to simply be a pastor to those people.
Brian Croft responde a esa pregunta tan comúnmente discutida en los campus de seminarios pero en un enfoque distinto. Sea que sea la respuesta, sea revitalizar o plantar, Dios nos llama a seguir el modelo Bíblico multi-generacional, multi-étnico, multi-cultural. Available in English here.
Bring about change in your church through careful, patient, and intentional leadership.
Many dying churches refuse to see the diminishing influence of their churches for the good of the Kingdom and do nothing about it. Denial means more and more churches will be closing their doors.
In our terms, Paul sends Timothy to revitalize the church at Ephesus.