Photo by Paul Hart, licensed under Creative Commons.

A lever for change

Telling the congregation’s story

When pastors attend conferences, they often hear from leaders who work at large churches that exemplify the "best practices." The pastors and staff at these churches are usually gifted speakers who have a passion for ministry. Their cutting-edge ministries are well planned and involve large numbers of volunteers. Their worship services are dynamic and well executed. Their facilities are spacious, well designed and well maintained. The combination of outstanding passion, personnel and property can be exhilarating and leave listeners hopeful about what God can do in the church.

It can also leave them wondering why such fruitfulness is so difficult to cultivate in their own congregations. Why is it that the described principles and practices of ministry do not translate more easily to their own settings?


This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full access—subscriptions begin at $2.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.

This article is available to subscribers only.

To post a comment, log inregister, or use the Facebook comment box.