Podcast Episode #389
Whether a church is in decline, plateaued, or growing, sticking to the status quo can hurt the church. Church is often needed, and to lead change, you often have to break out of the status quo.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- When I see “status quo” I relate it to lack of courage, lack of foresight, lack of vision, and comfort.
- It’s entirely possible for a growing church to be hanging on to the status quo.
- What would happen if our churches prayed fervently asking God to give them a receptive heart and open eyes to needed change.
- Breaking out of the status quo requires much courage.
- When you make a major change in the church, you’re going to find out who the bullies are.
- The more you listen to outside voices, the more ideas you’ll have for your church.
- Pastors and church leaders should be proactive in acquiring more knowledge.
- You can’t effectively lead change on your own.
The seven keys to breaking the status quo are:
- Few churches focus their prayer efforts here
- The courage factor
- Dealing with the gnats and bullies
- Listening to outside voices
- The learning factor
- Finding a coalition
- Then prayer . . . again
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