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Patience is required in church revitalization because when you’re dealing with long-term members, change doesn’t happen overnight and neither does growth. Today, we discuss six principles of patience needed in revitalization.
- Successful revitalizations often require pastors to preach, pray, love, and stay.
- Some of the victories in church revitalization are incremental and need to be celebrated.
- Long term church staff members sometimes struggle with an entitlement mentality.
- If you don’t have support of leadership, moving out a long-time staff member can be difficult and costly.
The six principles we discuss are:
- Trust of pastors typically takes around five years.
- Moving from defeatism to victories is incremental.
- Leadership must wait on some of the healthy members to move forward.
- Leadership must wait on some of the less healthy members to move out.
- It can take a few years to deal with toxic members.
- It takes years to learn true celebration.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Revitalizer Profile
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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