Jesus has saved us from death and at the same time Jesus has saved us to death. For many churches growth is a first thing, meaning they want growth to just happen. In reality growth is a second thing; it is a result of something. J Barrett Lee expresses this in a wonderful way framing it with scripture.
What is God calling you to die to, so that you might grow?
What could you prune back in-order that new fruit could grow?
I’m going to go ahead and answer that question right now: No, she will not.
No amount of pastoral eloquence, organization, insightfulness, amicability, or charisma will take your congregation back to back to its glory days.
What then can your pastor do? She can make your board meetings longer with prayer and Bible study. She can mess with your sense of familiarity by changing the order of worship and the arrangement of the sanctuary. She can play those strange new songs and forget about your favorite old hymns. She can keep on playing those crusty old hymns instead of that hot new contemporary praise music. She can bug you incessantly about more frequent celebration of Communion. She can ignore your phone…
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