A Danger for Church Revitalizers

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

red_rectangle_danger_sign_lRevitalizing a church carries certain dangers, especially for a rookie pastor. One that keeps creeping up on me is the need to look for a magic bullet. I feel the urgency and burden of needing to see our church change, but the rate of change doesn’t match my level of urgency. So I look for that program. That volunteer. That amount of money. That style of music. That new purchase. That new design. “There has to be something pastors in the past haven’t thought of yet that will fix everything,” I think.

I’m sure there isĀ something to be said for these kinds of things, but there is also something very unhealthy and dangerous about being hasty when it comes to church revitalization.

If a church is like a ship, then trying to turn too sharply will actually lead to capsizing the vessel instead of moving in a different direction. So too will being hasty in decisions.

There are things to change. There are old habits that need to die. There are new things God is doing in hearts. But the hasty do not see these things happen. The diligent do.

And so I remind myself of God’s Word on this. Then we turn the wheel not sharply, but slightly, looking to where God is moving us, trusting Him to be enough when the burden of ministry isn’t satisfied by circumstance.