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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The #1 RULE FOR HUMOR IN PREACHING

With 6 Additional Rules to Follow with Some Added Humor  The #1 RULE FOR HUMOR IN PREACHING    Handle humor like nitroglycerin!!! Humor is like nitroglycerin, it must be handled with care or you will severely wound people and risk blowing up your own ministry. Like a powerful explosive humor can tear down walls resistant to Gods word.  But if offensive, humor can kill any attempt at communicating the Gospel.  BE CAREFUL!!! RULE #2  Fit in humor like a tailored shirt. A tailored shirt looks good on a person because it fits well.   Only humor that illustrates and clarifies a point is worthy of including in the message.  As a lousy fitting shirt detracts from ones appearance. Gratuitous humor obscures God’s precious truth.  BE PERTINENT. RULE #3  Deliver humor like a…

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The #1 “C” of Effective Communicators for God Plus 9 Others “C’s” in Order of Priority 

The #1 “C” of  Effective Communicators for God #1.  Content — “I say something worth saying.”          Substance!          Accurately presenting the authoritative Word of God. (John 17:17 NIV)  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (1 Timothy 6:3-4 NIV)  If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 TNIV)  For the time will come when people…

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