Everything listed under: Components that Encumber Church Revitalization

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part IX

    Number Nine – Passivity, Indifference, Apathy and Church Burnout Ministers can become burned out and churches can find themselves that way also. Passivity within a church is hard to eliminate and reawaken a sleeping congregation. Indifference within the fellowship allows for the few to dominate and the rest to stagnate.   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part VIII

    Number Eight – Control Factions within the Church “Not in my Church!” the elder might say. “We have been doing it this way for forty years now and I see no reason the stop doing it the way we have always done it” another might say. Another component that often encumbers the process of church revitalization and renewal is when power cravers and power consumers begin to operate within the church.   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part VII

    Number Seven – Fear towards Change and Displaying Risk Paralysis New churches love taking risks because they are new and everything is a risk! You do not launch a church from nothing unless you are a risk taker. Yet young churches that have been around for periods longer than twelve years have often become entrenched a little.   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part VI

    In most churches in need of church revitalization or one of the other Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization there are some elements, ingredients, or instruments that become components that are either already encumbering or will eventually impede the churches efforts to revitalize its ministry.  Once a church becomes burdened with the need to begin its renewal efforts a careful look at some of the possible components that encumber most churches would be helpful! Think 'bout it!   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part V

    Number Five – An “Us-es versus Them-ins” Attitude Matriarchs and Patriarchs in churches easily can fall into an “Us-es versus Them-ins” type of attitude. As a Patriarch you have guided and actively participated in the various functions of the church. As a Matriarch you have similarly invested in the life of the church usually by following the stronger desires of those serving as active patriarchs.   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part IV

    Number Four - A Church Closed to “Outsiders” and Visitors If you have ever visited a church where you knew from the first moment you entered the facility that you were an outsider and were less than welcome, you know what I mean by this phrase! Many churches have never been taught how to be a visitor friendly church and the result is that most visitors feel a sense of coldness and anything but welcomed when they visit these churches. You take a church that desperately needs to be revitalized or ...  Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part III

    Number Three - Pastors Who Do Not Know How to Lead   Closely interrelated to number two above is when a pastor refuses to lead the church towards church renewal. While I would be the first to offer that merely becoming a better leader will not revitalize your church, it does take a leader who knows how to lead to become a church revitalizer. If the leader is unwilling to lead in the churches revitalization efforts perhaps it is time to get a new leader!   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part II

    Number Two - A Church Membership Unwilling to Work Hard! If you are going to begin the task of church revitalization there is a large commitment that must be made to the work required. I tell most, if not all, of my churches I consult with, that if they are not willing to work hard and commit a minimum of at least one thousand days then they should not try to turn around their church!   Read More...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part I

    In most churches in need of church revitalization or one of the other Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization there are some elements, ingredients, or instruments that become components that are either already encumbering or will eventually impede the churches efforts to revitalize its ministry. Once a church becomes burdened with the need to begin its renewal efforts a careful look at some of the possible components that encumber most churches would be helpful! Think about it!   Read More...