Bringing new life to struggling churches...
St. Louis Metro is seeking to reverse the trend of churches in decline and closure. Toward that end we have established a Church Revitalization process that seeks to 1) identify congregations in crisis and need 2) assist them through a defined process and 3) identify, equip and resource called men who will lead these churches into a better future. We do this through relationships, leadership and partnerships.
Change is hard – it takes trust which is from relationships
Work should be done strengthening the churches relationship with the Lord
Consultant/Coach should work from both a Biblical and relational perspective
Time must be given for church leaders and membership to know coach/consultant of church revitalization. Do not rush process.
The more drastic the changes needed the deeper the relationships are needed
Levels of relationships: key leaders, CR team, church body
Consultant/Coach should lead change through the relationships
Church Revitalization requires “Intentional Focused Leadership”
Church Revitalization requires “uphill leadership”
Consultant/Coach must have strong leadership skills (people, plan, process)
Church members must be developed as leaders
Leadership that shifts from program leaders to process leaders
Leadership must be given both responsibility and authority
A new leadership standard and structure must be established
Churches need outside partners to help see and do what needs done
Associations are in a perfect position to provide partners – staff/churches
Each partnership will be unique but serve to supply needed resources
Partnerships should focus on both internal and external issues
Partners should strengthen and enhance but not enable or replace
Partnerships require good communication and time agreements