By Brian Dodd
Nothing breaks my heart more than visiting a church who once had great momentum, impact and influence, and then when seeing its current attendance, health and condition having to ask, “What happened?” The picture above illustrates this. The parking lot of this once great church is cracked, unkept, has weeds growing in it, and is in desperate need of repair. Sadly, the same thing could be said for this church. The parking lot is merely a visible representation of the church’s current condition. Taking this recent picture broke my heart.
On August 26, I will be celebrating my 15th anniversary serving churches with INJOY Stewardship Solutions. In short, I help pastors and church leaders with leadership development, readiness, generosity, need, timing and how to incorporate capital campaigns into their unique ministry plans.
What is unique about my calling is I only work with growing churches. The most important lesson I have learned over these 15 years is growing churches are led by growing pastors and leaders.
I have also noticed many differences between pastors whose lives and ministries have health over a long period of time and “shooting stars” whose ministries briefly skyrocket and then either the church or the pastor flames out.
The following are 11 Practices of Pastors Whose Churches Have Sustained Health And Growth. You will notice each practice contains a “P.” Some of these will be unpopular but I have seen WAY TOO MANY pastors needlessly fail and I’m sick of it. I want you to be aware of what I am seeing.