Church revitalization pastors are often seen like the fabled monk who made a vow of silence. He was allowed two words per year. After his first year, he spoke to the abbot. “Better food,” he said. The abbot appoints a new head cook. Year two the monk said, “Warmer blankets.” New blankets show up in
Insight from Systems Theory thinking can help pastors remain calm so they become more effective leaders of anxious churches.
The British missionary Lesslie Newbigin went to India around 1950. There he was involved with a church living ‘in mission’ in a very non-Christian culture. When he returned to England some 30 years later, he discovered that now the Western church too existed in a non-Christian society, but it had not adapted to its new
The journey to church revitalization is a roadmap. It is not a recipe. When you follow a good recipe, you put together the correct amounts of flour, sugar, milk, butter, oil, baking powder and eggs, put it in the oven and “presto!” out comes a cake. Every time, guaranteed. Not so with church revitalization. When
Students of human nature may assume that life will go back to the “old normal” after Covid-19 passes and a vaccine is present. I fear that to a degree. The past is easy to fall back to, and not all of it is good! Anemic evangelism, an inward focus, and a lack of leadership development