I'm reviewing the book 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask by Dick Hardy. For those of you that are in church work or considering work, you should buy this book. It is filled with practical insights from a pastoral perspective. Here are some of my favorite quotes from chapter 6.
Growing a church is far more about removing obstacles to growth than implementing a formula or making growth happen. (48)
The Absence of the Understanding of Prayer
Design and implement a time of corporate prayer.
Teach and pray.
Plan for the long haul. (49)
The Absence of Actions Regarding Lost People
The churches that go out on the cultural edge to talk to lost people sometimes find the saints in the church in an uproar. (49)
...church service is not about them, their tradition, their music, etc. It is about lost people. (49)
A telling sign of whether your folks are about lost people is seen in how frequently they request prayer for friends who are far from God compared to prayer requests for finances or physical health (49-50).
The Absence of a Strong Compelling Vision
The vision must be bigger than we are.
Seek the word from God that is unique to the Body you lead.
Make sure the compelling vision is clear from Scripture. (51)