As a pastor of a church that is far more similar to the latter than the former, I was dumbfounded. Stories like this are not unfounded. There a massive misunderstanding, especially among younger believers, about “dying” churches. The Bible speaks a different word over these churches.
How do we do this? Here are 5 reflections...
Second, evaluate where the churches affections rest. What “golden calf” do they have? What areas of church life will be a battle to see transformation in? When those are evaluated, make immediate changes in areas that can be changed without a battle (for us, this was leadership and membership). Once those changes are made, and the benefits are seen, you will be in a better position to see future transformation.
Fourth, pastor, get friends. You may feel alone, but you are not alone. Form networks and fellowships with other pastor's in your area. You need brothers to cry with, to pray with, to bounce advice off of. Especially if you are without a plurality of leaders, get friends! Spurgeon said “Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.”
Fifth, be willing to confront the golden calf. I will write more about this in a future post