When you pick a text as the basis for a sermon, do you think you know what the text is going to say? But as you study, do you find out that the text isn’t interested in conforming to your ideas? The wrestling match begins.
I’ve spent twenty years pastoring established churches, and the last six months planting a new one. I believe that both types of ministries are needed, and it’s hard to tell which one is harder. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to turn a church around. I can think of a lot of churches that are in decline, but I can only think of a few that have turned around. Here’s what they have in common.