As the leader of a church’s revitalization, you have to be able to provide certain things to the people and the community. Today, we cover six key components.
Get a global vision for the cause of Christ and pour yourself out for the unreached. Get a global vision. Far too many Christians are trying to fight for joy within the tiny little sphere of their family or the tiny little sphere of their 14,000-member church. I mean that with no irony.
Small churches can have a big impact.
Especially today, with the power of social media and other new ways of communicating.
“An evangelical, at his best, is a person who believes the good news found in the New Testament, that God has sent his Son to die on the cross and rise from the dead, ascend to glory, seated at the right hand of God, coming at the end of the age to redeem his image-bearers from their sin, their condemnation, pouring upon them his Spirit to justify them, sanctify them, and one day glorify them in perfection. It’s all the good news of what God has done, and this demands a response of obedience, repentance, faith.”
Have you ever wondered whether or not your church was haunted? I grew up in a pastor’s home and would often accompany my dad to the church building after hours. Sometimes he would even send me on errands to the church building from the parsonage across the street. I never liked being in the church at night by myself. There were too many dark corners and too much creaking from a settling building. No, I don’t believe in ghosts, but neither do I study at my office in the empty church building on Saturday nights.
Much of my ministry is focused on prayer. Every Thursday morning, I and a number of students at Southeastern Seminary gather to start the day in prayer—and God is beginning to spread that fire on our campus. Over the years, though, I’ve learned that church leaders vary considerably in their approach to, and passion for, prayer.
No one is hiding anything from you.
There was a long season of ministry in which I had to tell myself that a lot. I had gone through a near breakdown after trying, but failing, to see the kind of growth in our church that I had been assured was inevitable if I only did the right things.
Every church has a pace built into the culture of its people. Some churches move more slowly. Some move more quickly. While most established churches likely need to pick up the pace, a slow pace does not necessarily mean the church is complacent.
Planting a church can be hazardous to your soul.
Obviously, there are more physically dangerous jobs on the planet, but when it comes to sheer spiritual danger, few occupations outrank “church planter.” So before you quit your cushy job grinding asphalt, let me give you fair warning of what’s to come.
Some folks are deeply spiritual, but not the best leaders. Others are strong leaders, but their actions deny their professed Christianity. To be honest, it’s not always easy to find folks who are both deeply spiritual and strong leaders. Here are some markers of those I’ve known who do indeed show both characteristics.