Become a Shepherding Revitalizer: Success through Observing the 10 Core Competencies of Jesus Christ, the Lord

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I have been blessed to have many strong mentors. I have been touched and trained by Jack Stanton, Elmer Towns, Luther Williams, B. Gray Allison, E. J. Daniels, Norman Noble, and Ken Bradley just to name a few. These men radiated strong leadership qualities. And then there are the writers that have instilled little nuggets of gold into my leadership vault – Ron Edmonson, Tim Elmore, Rick Curtis and classics like Vance Havner, Andrew Murray, Paul Billheimer and Leonard Ravenhill.
With these in mind and heart, and countless hours of my own study in revitalization, I offer my own rendition of Jesus’ 10 Competencies which every revitalizer ought to strive for to be effective.

First, and these are not in any order of rank, is this: Jesus knew when, where and how to ask the hard questions. His discernment and boldness is crystal clear. When speaking to religious leaders, He knew the correct words to dig into their heart and mind, unearthing the root issues. Jesus did not offer roses and teddy bears to the deception and dishonesty of the Pharisees and Sadducees. He called a lie by its originator – the devil, and He paralleled satan’s schemes with the false religiosity of His day. The religious charlatans were of their father, the devil, and Jesus exposed them. It is imperative for the revitalizer to discern truth from sham, and call leaders and congregations to follow what is true. Sugar-coating the truth will never help fix a church that is declining or dying. Remember, speak the truth in love, but speak the truth!

Second, Jesus was priority-driven. He dealt with what was urgent. In John 17:4, He said He had “accomplished the work which You (the Father) have given Me to do.” He was laser-focused; never distracted from what HAD to be done, but always willing to divert his attention to what needed to be handled immediately. He never failed to stop for those who were sick or grieving before going further. He handled distractions as though they were a part of the plan of the Father (and they are). He never got anxious, never showed disdain for the distraction or the detractor and never shrugged away anyone’s crisis.

Third, Jesus lived what He taught. As my parents used to chide, “Practice what you preach!” And Jesus did. Be genuine when you ask churches to do what you are, and have been, doing. In Luke 7:22, “He (Jesus) answered and said to them (John the Baptist’s followers), “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.” Jesus’ ministry was proof of His message and His authority. He had no problem humbling Himself by washing His pupil’s feet and encouraging them to continue His example. Revitalizers should be known as servant-leaders, not experts. The strategies, processes and plans we present to blemished brides originated from the eternal Bridegroom. Give Him the glory!

Fourth, Jesus took time to refresh Himself. Mark 6:31-32, “And He (Jesus) said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.” Luke 6:12, “It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.” Jesus was into self-development. He took time to recharge His physical and spiritual batteries. So must we!

Fifth, relationships must always trump roles. Jesus cared more about people than religious rules, rituals and regulations. John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Who we are is more important than what we can do. Jesus had no problem breaking the “rules” to care for those who were in need.

Sixth, Jesus replicated Himself in others. Matthew 10:1, Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Mark 3:14-15, And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons. He did not micromanage them, but He did oversee them.
He prepared and trained the apostles to assume His responsibilities. They may have been uneducated and uncouth, but He pushed them to accomplish more than they could have ever imagined. He trained them so well they gladly followed Him to the point of martyrdom. Here is His three-step strategy. 1) He did the ministry and they watched. 2) They did the ministry and reported back to Him for evaluation and advice. 3) He departed, and they took over the ministry and trained others. And it is continuing today through every believer! When the church adheres to this discipleship process, they can’t help but be productive.

Seventh, Jesus expected His followers to be sold-out to His cause. We must gain buy-in to lead in revitalization. Mark 8:34-35, And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
When Jesus said, “Follow Me,” He was asking them to relinquish their plans, goals and future for His agenda. We must be willing to lose everything, so He can do the miraculous.

Eighth, Jesus led His followers with an authority beyond Himself. John 12:49, “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.” We would do well to:
a) Seek the Lord at the start of every day.
b) Be calm and trust Him when things look bleak.
c) Stand firm in the Word when the enemy attacks.
d) Admit error/sin and seek forgiveness.

Ninth, Jesus perpetuated His ministry in us by leaving us a strengthener and counselor. John 14:12-16, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever…” Always seek the unction of the Holy Spirit and empower others with the very same Spirit.

Tenth, FINISH WELL! Revitalization is not about us; it is about Him and His Bride being joined in perfect harmony!  (All scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible)

Where are You?

2294096854_cd60c6bb69In Genesis 3 (NASB), God calls to Adam, after he and Eve had eaten of the forbidden tree’s fruit. We pick up the story in verse 9: “Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”

This is a question that should be posed to every pastor, and it is painfully apparent that the same question should be directed at the church today. We seem to be focused mostly on where we want to end up. But, you and I know that we can never get where we intend to go unless we first know where we are – where to start!

It is interesting that in the secular world we find the same understanding of this foundational concern. When I go into the mall, there is a directory that maps out the entire mall layout, but it has a star or some other designator to show me where I am. It usually states, “You are Here!” During a college orientation, the student often receives a map of the campus. It shows the new student where everything is located and it has that little designator on the map that says, “You are here!” The university orientation venue is the starting point for the new student to begin their tour of the campus. Even in a retail store, there are aisles with four to five labels disclosing the contents of the aisle and a number designating the aisle. If you are looking for something on aisle 20, you need to know which way to go from your present location. If you are on aisle 2 and you encounter aisle 3 then you are headed the right direction to your destination.

So how can we determine where a church is before we dive headlong into a revitalization process? How can we get headed in the right direction? Let me suggest four exposing tools to help determine where the church is stuck.

First, a pastoral readiness assessment is key to starting the process. It is imperative that the leader struggle with the hard question, “Are you the one who can lead this church into revitalization, renewal and revival?” If that is not clear, then the process is at a standstill. I recently talked with a pastor who said, “I’ve had twenty years of effective ministry, of course I can do this!” But as we analyzed his twenty years of ministry, he realized all he had was four years of good ministry repeated five times. After producing well for four years, he would run out of passion and energy and would move on to a new setting. Or a second pastor who could not answer the previous question. In two subsequent conversations there was still no commitment, but on the third contact, he told me there was no use in pursuing the process with his church. When I probed why, he said he had been terminated. They saw through his lack of leadership and decided for him!

Second, what are the past and present trends of the congregation? Statistics and data from past records and annual church profiles offer a decent look into historical and present trends. Also, there are congregational analyses that offer information by way of the Church Health Survey, staff and personal interviews, demographics, worship service observations, facilities and parking observations, “secret shopper” evaluations, social media assessments, church document reviews and community interviews. These may provide a clearer picture into present trends and the congregation’s reputation in the community.

Third. A weekend congregational workshop encourages members to remember the probable factors that ushered the church into this crisis. They unpack the history of their world, their community and their church. They get to realistically discuss the influencers that have forced both positive and negative impacts on their church. It sheds light on the factors that influenced church strengths and expose areas requiring adjustments and reinforcement, plus they are required to compile possible solutions and suggest concerns that might block the future effectiveness of the renewal process.

Fourth, is inventing the battering rams that can be utilized to knock down the hindrances, barriers and blockades to future success. The Holy Spirit is the greatest revealer and the most powerful bulldozer ever! He must be our source and He must have control over all we think and do and say!

Here are five probing questions and thoughts that can help determine where you are, even as you are reading this article:
1) Ask yourself the hard questions. Are you the one to lead this venture or should you step down and hand it over to more eager and capable hands? Is this the right time? Are these people willing to be moved?
2) Clean up yourself. If you are not confessed up and intentionally seeking the power and presence of the Lord, then maybe no one should be following you at this moment!
3) Run the direction God is going. Make certain you are not demanding the congregation to follow you, if your path does not mirror His. God’s direction is true; it lasts forever and leads to life everlasting.
4) Don’t worry if your friends make fun of you. You may be growing a church that is uncomfortable for them, but if it is sealed with the Father’s approval, who cares what they think! Stand strong, stand up, stand out and live boldly for His glory.
5) Listen to the voice of God first and then go His way! Don’t be a Jonah. Are you looking for Tarshish? Is there a great fish awaiting your disobedient carcass? It has been said of old, “There are few atheists in foxholes,” but for the Christian it is more apropos to say, “There are few happy campers or satisfied inhabitants in a great fish’s belly!” Run with God and you’ll always be running right! Our process is not perfect, but our God is!

Finally, let me warn you about the attacks of the enemy. Nehemiah had the threats of Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem to deal with while trying to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem, and the devil will do his best to throw threats and discouragement your way as well. He will mess with mind by saying you are done, washed up, burned out and finished. But the Lord says we are overcomers and victors. I read the back of the Book and WE WIN! Christ has already won the battle, so follow Him.

Where do we start? RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE! RIGHT NOW! If you know where you are and where He is leading you, then you don’t need a GPS or a map. Don’t go it alone. Get help and follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership. Don’t procrastinate, hesitate or make excuses. All you need to succeed is IN Christ! So I’ll ask once more – Where are you?

The Three Pastoral Types that Help or Hinder a Revitalizer

 

Years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a poster. It was a poem entitled, “Don’t You Quit.” It has become a favorite mantra of mine. It keeps my feet to the fire and my nose to the grindstone. She knew I was overworked and my focus had grown dim. I knew she was right, but I surely didn’t want to admit that to my mother-in-law! I had become a discouraged “sitter” and because of a family crisis, I was contemplating the role of the “quitter.” But, God reminded me of this poem. I reached into a file drawer, pulled out the poster, unrolled it and found renewal through its invitation. I offer it here as a motivation to you when you feel like throwing in the towel:

 

Don’t you Quit

 

 

 

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

 

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

 

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

 

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

 

When care is pressing you down a bit-

 

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

 

 

 

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

 

As every one of us sometimes learns,

 

And many a fellow turns about

 

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

 

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

 

You may succeed with another blow.

 

 

 

Often the goal is nearer than

 

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

 

Often the struggler has given up

 

When he might have captured the victor’s cup;

 

And he learned too late when the night came down,

 

How close he was to the golden crown.

 

 

 

Success is failure turned inside out –

 

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

 

And you never can tell how close you are,

 

It might be near when it seems afar;

 

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

 

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 

 

 

Since helping facilitate the revitalization process with several churches and walking alongside of pastors who were dejected, discouraged and defeated, I am aware that there are leaders who can help the revitalizer, while others hinder him from being effective, blocking the church from being renewed and stifle the entire process. I pray that this treatise will be received a positive lift and not a negative thrashing.  

 

 

 

Here are three Leadership Attitudes/Actions for our consideration:

 

 

 

1) The “Reluctant Admitter” (previously called by the negative title of “The Quitter”) – This leader allows the revitalizer to move forward and the church to move on without him. He has come to grips with the fact that he is the barricade. He has either accomplished the thing for which God called him to that church, or it is just time for new vision and new leadership. There is a big difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough!

 

 

 

The reluctant admitter may not always be that “reluctant” either! There are times and settings where dissatisfaction and distraction keep us from moving forward and upward. It could be a physical health issue or the distance from ailing parents or precious children and grandchildren that bring us to a driving desire for relocation or reuniting. I do not believe the Lord is resistant to healthy, happy, loving families! Yes, I am fully aware of Luke 14:25-26 (NKJV) – Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Just remember, this is a Semitic hyperbole. He wants our love for others to be exceeded only by our love for the Father.

 

 

 

If you KNOW you are not the one to lead the revitalization process, then be gutsy enough to admit it and allow someone else to step in and lead the flock to new vistas and new aspirations.

 

 

 

2) The “Satisfied Sitter” – this “leader” holds back the process and the church. He pulls everyone into his rut of worthless activity. This is the pastor who views the church as his place to preach and be part of a group. The flock allows him the resources and location to practice his “gift.” He’s not leading, he’s just absorbing and diffusing.

 

 

 

The congregation is often the first to recognize the “sitter.” They wonder why the church is not growing and healthy. People are dissatisfied and there are as many, or more, exiting as there are joining. Some refer to this as the “back door” being too broad for the continued success of the church. People are often discouraged from beginning new ministries and programs. The prospects of change and extra effort are squelched, and the desire for maintaining outweighs the possibility of creative, innovative service within the church or outside in the community. 

 

 

 

This pastor has become satisfied with his comfort zone and disregarded the commands to go, to disciple and to be witnesses (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

 

 

 

3) The “Gritty Go-Gitter” (yes, I know there is no such spelling, but in the south where I was brought up, we pronounce it “gitter” instead of “getter”). This leader lights the way for the followers and drives the process. This leader lets nothing slow his momentum, lets nothing distract him from the goals he has perceived as from the Lord and perseveres until the mission is accomplished. His focus is on God getting the glory and the church walking in unity.

 

 

 

He is often viewed as a workaholic! He is never comfortable with where the church is or the speed at which it moves. He is always looking for a new approach, a new idea, or a more productive resource. I love the “go-gitter!” He may seem like he is ADHD, but he is probably so passionate about his love for the Lord and his calling to serve Jesus Christ that he can’t imagine stopping or even slowing down.

 

 

 

This leader may get frustrated by the process of revitalization. It can be slow and meticulous, but once he receives the strategy, realizes there are clear markers to verify productive movement and comprehends the goals to be achieved, he will get behind it and gladly push toward the finish line.

 

 

 

If you are the “Reluctant Admitter,” ask the Lord whether He expects you to lead the charge to change and revival. If not, get your resume updated and search for the ministry setting where you can have that confidence.  

 

 

 

If you are a “Satisfied-Sitter,” rent a moving truck and relocate. Evaluate God’s calling. If you have no clear response, or you just need some time to find healing and renewal, then take the time in another setting or job that will clarify God’s leading. Ask Him to re-energize you and expand His Kingdom in and through you!

 

 

 

If you are a “Go-Gitter,” put the pedal to the metal and speed on. Just remember to slow down and take the congregation with you! Keep your eye and the goal, equip the saints to do the work and “run” alongside of them as all of you seek to glorify of the Father!

 

Revitalization and Music

 

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Before pastoring I served as a Music Leader for 23 years. I later pastored and continued to lead the music for another 3 years before training others to take up that role. I have always viewed the music portion of worship as preparation for the body to focus on and receive the movement of the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of the Word. Music is an art, and as such, it evokes emotion. Ever wonder why songs from our past bring up good memories and possibly even hurtful ones? Interesting how some of the old songs have been revived and renovated today. Things seem to come back if they are reinvented appropriately!

 

That being said, I hope you hear my experience and my love for the art as it pertains to both the benefits and barriers music may have on revitalization. I have been an avid reader of Dr. Robert Webber (author of Worship is a Verb), and have found great musical insights from men like him and Rick Muchow (former Music Pastor at Saddleback in CA.). Each give both practical and theological bases for the supportive role music can have on the health and renewal of the church.

 

I offer the following list and simple explanations to the benefits and barriers of music in revitalization. First, the barriers:

 

1.     Style above Purpose – Rick Muchow said in a conference years ago – “style was not nearly as important as quality.” Across their campus are numerous musical genres, and all were helpful for evangelism and assimilation, because they demand quality. “We are always to offer the Lord our very best!”

 

2.     Preferences above Culture – I led a worship seminar at a large church that was split over music style. The Music Pastor loved the liturgical, “high-church” style, but his congregation was not supportive of his ministry; they wanted something more “contemporary” (just a side note – what do we mean by contemporary? Yep, as many definitions as definers). During the workshop, we determined that the majority of the church preferred Country and Western music on daily basis. Guess what genre they moved toward, without an argument?

 

3.     Art over Theology – Songs that suggest that we can “come to some dewy garden alone, walking and talking with the Lord, while the moisture is still on the flowers,” does not incite a theological parallel to the life-changing majesty of God. Yes, I love the tune, but the theology is weak at best. Consider songs that help disciples memorize scripture. The Scripture in Song movement of the 80s did this. I’m not suggesting we go back and dig up those relics, but memorizing scripture is invaluable – hiding God’s Word in our heart gives us the resource to resist temptation (Ps. 119:11). Make certain the lyrics match biblical theology.

 

4.     Genre over Harmony – This point has a slight variance to the barrier found in #2. In the church setting above, there were those who said they preferred the “old Southern gospel” style of music, but when it came to their actual responses, given during the workshop, it was revealed that they found daily enjoyment out of a genre that was quite different from their Sunday choice. In a facade of keeping the peace (really desiring to have what they grew up with), the respondents shared that they would love to hear Christian music set to a country or bluegrass style. Some would secretly slip over to the local Cowboy church, now and then, just to hear “the good old gospel songs” accompanied by the banjo, mandolin and washtub. Their reason for remaining in their former dissatisfying worship environment was they didn’t want to dishonor the memory of their ancestors or “cause any waves.” We often choose to stay in our ritual rather than enjoy the freedom of our unity in Christ. It matters not what category of music you sing, as long as it comes from your heart and for His glory. Some of the most exciting worship experiences I ever heard were in a little church in Dacus, TX, where bluegrass Christian music was performed for the Lord with excellence. Those folks always seemed to be free and having fun! And people WANTED to join them.

 

5.     Position over Purpose – I never considered myself “the Worship Pastor.” According to the Old Testament, the priests were the Worship Pastors. My ministry role has always been to be a supportive team member alongside the pastor. The role of all staff members should be to be a team member accomplishing Kingdom work in the local church, under the leadership of the shepherd who is called to that flock. The one thing that was sorely missing in my music education was humility. We should humbly support the direction, vision and goals of the church. Only then can we truly lead the heavenly host in praise. We were trained that our gift, our talent and our abilities were of utmost importance. Being a team player was not taught in Music Theory, Vocal Pedagogy, or Sightsinging and Ear Training. Our Lord needs unified hearts, singleness of direction, and Holy Spirit focus.

 

Second, are benefits of a worship experience that is God-honoring, selfless, and unifying:

 

1.     Music becomes therapeutic. It leads listeners to focus on the One Who is healer, deliverer and savior. It can truly soothe the savage beast. We should plan to immerse the participants mind in the Word. Then, He can cut the bonds that strap us to worry, fear, hopelessness, etc. Music can free the mind! Remember the results of David playing the harp for Saul? (1 Samuel 16:14-23) It works today!

 

2.     Word-centered music stirs the emotions toward the Author! When we sing and play about the One who saved us, who delivered us and healed us, we cannot help but recount His blessings and forget about the petty differences that drain the power of God and plague church unity. Look at David’s response to Nathan’s convicting parable/message (2 Samuel 12:1-14; Psalm 51). Psalm 51 is David’s song of repentance, cleansing and forgiveness. What would our congregations be like if we consistently confessed sin, renewed the sacrifice of our lives daily, and begged God for His washing and restoration?

 

3.     Music becomes the paintbrush of our heart – Spreading the paint of our adoration on the canvas of the world so all may see His greatness. Art is one way we display what is in our soul. We sing in harmony and unite in symphony for the One Who is and was and is to come! We remind EVERYONE that He is coming again and victory will be His AND OURS forevermore. Painting the picture of His love for us will reveal the hope, the peace, and the love we have in Him and for others who receive Him. The Lord adds to the church that sacrifices their all for Him and for others (Acts 1:42-47).

 

4.     Quality becomes the standard. We will cease getting out of bed on Sunday morning and picking 4-5 songs we enjoy, and we will stop “filling” 20-30 minutes on a Sunday morning program. We will be offering our best, our all, for the One Who gave His all (sounds like good lyrics). The church that practices praise with perfection offers a beautiful aroma to the Lord. We must tirelessly prepare so we honor and respect the One Who is the focus of the worship event. We must lift Him up so all people will be drawn to Him (John 12:32).

 

5.     The Father is the Focus. The ego-centric desire to entertain gives way to intimate communion. Revival and renewal flows from God’s throne when we glorify His name/character/ attributes and when we lovingly adhere to His commands. If we love Him, we will keep His commands, and if we keep His commands, we will love others properly (1 John 5:1-5). It is at His feet that we gain what is vital!

 

In summary, weekly reflect on the music ministry of your local congregation. Make certain it is selflessly-anointed, culturally-relevant, emotionally-appropriate, therapeutically-beneficial, theologically-sound, God-focused, unifying, inclusive and stunning in quality.

 

May it be our strategy to utilize music to reinforce the Word, heal the soul and propel the believer toward repentance and daily renewal. What is your heart singing today?

 

Desired Attributes in a Strategic Leadership Team

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            In a revitalization process there are certain leadership attributes that help plug the holes in the ship so she doesn’t sink while sitting in the dock. Nehemiah was a walking example of all these attributes. And while I am sure God can raise up another Nehemiah, I believe He tends to use a team of people who possess the attributes necessary. Jesus used a team of twelve to show us how it’s done! Ask the Lord to provide the best gifted people to be a part of the team and here’s what to look for:

 

 

 

1.     The catalyst. Someone must be the initiator of the process and the plan.

 

 

 

2.     The outsider. Someone new; someone without a long history in the church body; someone distantly removed from any politics or division. Joel Allen Barker asks, “What kind of person is a paradigm shifter?” He states simply, “an outsider”[1] is. An outsider has a clearer perspective on the situation and he/she is not overwhelmed with the grief of the problem. 

 

 

 

3.     The problem-solver. A person who can organize the people to follow the Lord’s leadership. The problem solver sees the probabilities for obstacles and/or barriers and plans a way around them.

 

 

 

4.     The visionary. A visionary sees what others cannot yet see. Even the outsider, mentioned earlier, must be sympathetic to the need for growth and health and envision their part in developing a solution.

 

 

 

5.     The motivator. A team member who can speak with confidence, and rally the troops with his/her words, is likely to find that the team is being followed by an eager crowd.

 

 

 

6.     The persuader. A selfless persuader can influence a church, to press outward toward the world in need, rather than being inwardly–focused. The selfless persuader is a prize to any group or congregation.

 

 

 

7.     The risk-taker. Every great leader will face a certain level of risk to accomplish what they knew was absolutely essential to the cause. Jesus is the ultimate example of this attribute.

 

 

 

8.     An empathizer. A restoration leader who cares deeply for the people, enough to join them in their pain and their struggle back to productivity, and ultimately to restoration and revival is a leader who will endear themself to the people they serve.

 

 

 

9.     A persevering leader. Perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It is the character trait that compels one to struggle through failures, difficulties or opposition to achieve one’s desired outcome or goals. [2] Leaders of change, innovation, creativity, and vision may be misunderstood by some, but a team leader – who perseveres, refuses to throw in the towel, or run to a greener field – can help a church bounce back from the brink of death.

 

 

 

10.  A planner. Each time a barrier presents itself, the planner prayerfully prepares a plan to keep the work on track and reiterates the goal to be attained.

 

 

 

11.  A recruiter. One who can recruit workers with a vision and a plan to accomplish the goals. Restoration is a team effort. There must be a leader who can recruit the congregation to buy into the renewal plan for the process to be effective and maintainable. Without the team environment, renewal would be similar to a coach without any players on the court or field; the game will never be effective.

 

 

 

12.  The organizer. This team member makes sure all the resources are present, gives specific assignments so the group is confident concerning their task, and observes and evaluates the effectiveness of the assignments. Organization will not eliminate difficulties, but it can provide multiple options to each barrier.

 

 

 

13.  The delegator. He/she does not accomplish the task in his/her own power. Michael McCutcheon speaking wisely in favor of the need for delegation, quotes J. Oswald Sanders by saying, “To insist on doing things oneself because it will be done better is not only a shortsighted policy but may be evidence of an unwarranted conceit.”[3]

 

 

 

14.  A person of prayer. Being a person of prayer demonstrates interdependence on the subject of one’s faith.

 

 

 

            Jesus’ leadership reaction to His followers was: “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary [harassed] and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd [leader, guide]” (Matthew 9:36).  

 

 

 

            Biblical leadership is absolutely essential to revitalization, restoration and church health.   

 

 

 


[1] Malphurs, Pouring New Wine into Old Wineskins, 71.

 

[2] The New Oxford American Dictionary, s.v. “Perseverance.”

[3] Michael McCutcheon, Rebuilding God’s People: Strategies for Revitalizing Declining Churches (Camp Hill, Christian Publications, 1993), 36.