Rebuilding or revitalizing a church is not easy, and I believe that it takes a special call from God and a special anointing to accomplish it. I have found that there are certain realities you need to face if God has called you to this daunting task. You are God’s person for the Job! He called you and equipped you, so trust Him. Here are some things that I have learned over the past three years as I have walked through this process of rebuilding and revitalizing a church.
4. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN!
God’s man with a plan builds Kingdom fans (or, what I like to see) fanatics for Jesus. I started with a basic checklist on a legal pad. You need to ask the tough questions: “What are we doing?”; “Why are we doing it?”; “What do we need to do?”; and “Why do we need to do it?” Chances are that your programs and systems have been in place for a long time, and it’s time to see if they are really working.[bctt tweet=”God’s man with a plan builds Kingdom fans!” username=”twincitybaptist”]
But don’t assume that everything is broken. Being aware of the realities means more than revealing the nakedness of the organization’s weaknesses; it’s also a matter of seeing and understanding the organization’s strengths and assets. Make a list, find out what’s working and what’s not, and then start creating a plan. Ask the people already serving how things are working. Chances are they already know where the holes are and are more than willing to offer constructive criticism. Create a plan and then come to a concise conclusion about what needs to be focused on first. Then execute the plan and follow through till completion.[bctt tweet=”Make a list, find out what’s working and what’s not, and then start creating a plan.” username=”twincitybaptist”]
My wife is the master organizer and problem-solver. While I am agonizing over a problem, she is sitting down organizing our way to a solution. That is why we are amazing together. I dream, think and create; she organizes and plans; and, together, we execute. If you do not have someone like this beside you, find someone that can help you in this area, someone good at organization and administration. Schedule several hours together, make a pot of coffee, gather several legal pads, and start making notes. Walk the campus, visit every area of your church and start making notes. Ask outsiders, first time guests or another pastor to walk alongside of you and get their opinion. Ask them what needs to be fixed. Get everything on paper and then starting creating your action plan, prioritizing the areas that need the most attention.