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 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.
5. IDENTIFY THE SYSTEMS!
Systems will always outlive fads, and systems are no respecter of preference or person. They will also help you execute that plan you just created. One of the benefits of starting a church from scratch is that you, the Lead Pastor, get to create the systems of the church. However, when you step into a rebuilding situation, you have to deal with the systems, or lack of systems, that have been in place, sometimes, for years.[bctt tweet=”Systems…are no respecter of preference or person. #mytwincity” username=”twincitybaptist”]
Then there are the hidden or unspoken systems that take you by surprise, the ones that were never written down, yet existed in the minds of the former staff and leadership. Don’t assume that you know everything about the systems of the church you are taking over. Before you take over, ask lots of questions and take good notes.
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Getting healthy systems in place can help you execute your plan for rebuilding and revitalizing your church. You must ask the question, “What are the systems currently in the organization, and are they working effectively?” If you identify ones that are not working, shut them down and create ones that will take you to the next level. This process takes time, but pays off big in the long run.[bctt tweet=”Systems will always outlive fads… #mytwincity” username=”twincitybaptist”]
One of the best people on systems that I know is Nelson Searcy at church leader insights. Check it out here, and he and his team can help you with these systems.