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