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Conditions for successful Turnaround Pastors

“Make corporate propaganda feel like folksy truisms” is how one Ad Director summed up his job. A Lifeguard said that her job consisted of “insuring that stupid people remain in the gene pool.” How would you summarize the job description of a pastor who is charged with turning a dying church around? Your answer will

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When it’s a waste of time to train pastors …

Pastor Fred (not his real name) was excited, energized, and confident after attending a Turnaround Pastors Boot Camp. He learned what to do and how to do it. Tom (not his real name), a key lay leader in the church who attended the Boot Camp with Fred, was on board. Maybe, just maybe, this would

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Why must elders be good family leaders?

After his older brother was baptized in church, little Tommy sobbed all the way home. Three times his father asked what was wrong. Finally, Tommy replied, “The pastor prayed that Billy would be brought up in a Christian home. I want him to stay with us!” Every parent enjoys a moment of delight, often brought on

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3 Crucial Theological Attitudes for Every Pastor

at·ti·tude ˈadəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. If an attitude is a “settled way of thinking and feeling,” there are three crucial theological attitudes pastors need to “settle.”  And then settle them again.  These three attitudes will permeate your

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Turnaround Pastors Stand Apart

His downfall happened when his emotional reserves were exhausted. His sister’s unexpected death left him reeling. She was an esteemed member of the community (she once sought the top leadership post) who had walked with him through decades of difficult ministry. The shock and depression that attend grief struck him, leaving him ill-equipped to deal

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Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches

This guest post by Dr. Kelton Hinton, Associational Missionary of the Johnston Baptist Association of North Carolina, is a review of a book on church revitalization. The principles shared here are worthy of passing on.  -Gary Westra, TAP Inc. Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches (2016) By Kelton F. Hinton This is a brief overview of

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Pinpointing Turnaround Pastors

A church in your bailiwick asks for help. The Search Committee is screening candidates to be the next pastor. They’ve been on plateau – gradual decline if truth be told – for a decade. You’ve got to find a turnaround pastor who can change their trajectory. What do you do? The Denominational Executive’s Dilemma Denominational Executives (DE) of

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Common Advice That’s Bad Advice

“Don’t change anything for a year!” That has been an adage forever for a pastor who is new to a church. I wish I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard it. (That is a nickel indexed for inflation.) The concept includes some truth. It can be expressed in several ways. First, “Seek first

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Turnaround leaders speak their mind – clearly

THIS is the most important leaders trying to lead church revitalization can say: “This is what needs to be done. It is your job to do it, and I expect to see it completed in the next two weeks.”   Our study of the unique characteristics of “natural” turnaround pastors tells us that this is how effective

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