The king of numbered lists, Thom Rainer produces six distinctives of churches that experience resuscitation.
I like them because these are distinctives that any healthy church must have, and if any church neglects or forsakes them they would run into decline.
Is church resuscitation common? No.
Is church resuscitation possible? Yes.
In God’s power, yes.
And these are the ways God usually does so.
- A prolonged period of prayer.
- A covenant to forsake self.
- A willingness to kill sacred cows.
- A commitment to see through the eyes of the outsider
- An agreement to connect and invite.
- A decision to move beyond the negative naysayers.
Read more commentary on these points here.
Number 4, A commitment to see through the eyes of the outsider. is large in our minds at MGPC presently.
Raiiner comments: “As the members continue to forsake self, they begin to ask how the church is viewed from the perspective of the outsider. They may actually engage a person to visit their church and share their experience. It is amazing to see how this process transforms facilities, worship, greeters’ ministry, and children’s ministries, to name a few.”