HUMILITY:  The #1 DYNAMIC IN REVIVING A DYING CHURCH

My ministry has a focus on pastoral coaching and church revitalization that encounters dying churches, not just declining, but dying.   Bringing dying churches back to health is extremely hard work.  The root obstacle to renewed spiritual health is pride—a selfish digging in of the heels against desperately needed changes.  Pride brings a destructive fall in individuals and churches.] How Humility Brings Health to a Dying Church: Humility starts with the pastor and the church leaders. Humility admits the church is critically unhealthy and dying.   Humility is willing to make significant difficult changes to be healthy, not merely tweaking what is being done now. Humility repents of the sins of conflicts and divisions in the church and pursues unifying reconciliation.  Humility is giving up personal preferences that are in…

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THE #1 FAILURE THAT WRECKS A PASTORAL TRANSITION PLUS 9 OTHERS

Harmful Blunders in a Church Lead Pastor Succession  These common succession failures that I have witnessed over my 50 years of church leadership were briefly covered in one weekend’s messages during the my own lead pastor transition:  # 1.. Failure of the lead pastor and church leaders to plan now, well in advance of the lead pastor’s inevitable departure due to any of the following: –accepting a call to another ministry, –a proven disqualifying sin,  –a “power play” of a forced removal of a qualified pastor loved by most of the church, –his poor health, retirement, or death.  2.. Failure to take the right amount of transition time and so: –rush too quickly to get a new pastor, or –take too long to call one.…

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#1 Governance Rule for the Elder Board Plus 9 Other Rules

THE GOVERNANCE ROLE OF THE ELDER BOARD I’m not addressing the biblical qualifications or the biblical spiritual duties of the elders other than the one task of overseeing, that is, the practical governance of the church.  The general responsibility of oversight as “overseers” is not biblically spelled out with much specificity as how that is to be done, so wisdom is vital when getting definitive with governance.   Assumptions:(1)The board is comprised of the lead pastor who is the “leader among equals” much like James in the Jerusalem church (Acts 15) and a plurality of unpaid lay elders.(2)The lead pastor is called to his role by the congregation and accountable to the lay elders on the board after his calling.(3)The lay elders are approved by…

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THE #1 BIBLICAL REASON TO BELONG TO A LOCAL CHURCH PLUS 3 OTHERS

#1 Local church membership identifies the true body (1) responsible for approving the church LEADERSHIP,(2) potentially able to serve in church LEADERSHIP, and(3) who have placed themselves under the spiritual authority of the church LEADERSHIP.   Acts 6:1-4 “choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom Acts 15:22 “the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of  their own men” Acts 20:28  “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” Hebrews 13:17 “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be…

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