For the church to change the leader must change. Only as the leader changes and grows personally does the church grow. Most leaders are not growing and so continue to do what they have always done. A mentor of mine once taught me, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.” Poor English – but true nonetheless. And, unless the leader changes and grows personally and in their skills as preachers of the Gospel – then they will continue to do what they have always done and so will the church they lead – regardless of good intentions and strategic planning.
Here are some clues to determine whether your local church is spiritually dead and thus needs to experience either a burial or a resurrection…
They have lost their sense of mission to those who have not heard about Jesus Christ and thus, as individuals making up this local expression of the church, do not weep for the lost or hunger to fulfill the Great Commission. Seeking and saving the lost simply is not on the daily radar. Read more
As I preach here and overseas in Eastern Europe I often say that we should stop praying for revival. To revive means to breathe life into that which is dead. If the Church is dead – do what you do with dead things – bury it. And, in this case, then pray for a resurrection. We don’t need a revival – we need an honest-to-goodness resurrection from spiritual death. Jesus said, “If a grain of wheat is planted and dies…”
To resurrect a spiritually dead church so that it becomes the church of my dreams three things need to happen according to Bill Easum… Read more
The seven stages of a ‘Move of God’ – From Life to Death
God MOVES upon a person – Seriously touches life with great “implications in (their) life”
Holy Spirit comes and hammers on a person
As is happening today
As seen in some of the stories in “The God Chasers”
As I travel from church to church and from nation to nation…
Different church services
Amazingly different worship experiences
Tremendously diversified ways to teach-preach
Fellowship that is unique in each local assembly
As an apostle in our Network I visit many member churches as well as “friends” of the Network churches. Sometimes I am there to minister God’s Word through preaching and prophesying. Other times I am there helping the leaders determine the health of their church and how to turn it around so that it will begin to grow again.
These behind-the-scenes apostolic consultations usually look for six signs that a church is or soon will be struggling to stay alive, active, and relevant to the community through its outreach and evangelism strategy.
Sign #1: We don’t emphasize Bible study anymore: When God’s Word is the not the foundation and the driving force of a church then the church and the people who attend it will inevitably wind up going down the wrong road. A healthy church focuses on, teaches and proclaims the Word of God in each and every activity that they pursue. A lack of deep biblical teaching is one of the most glaring signs of a struggling church.
1. Read the Word DAILY
A healthy baby has a healthy appetite. If you have truly been “born” of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite. The Bible says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” (1 Peter 2:2). Feed yourself every day without fail. Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food,” (Job 23:12). The more you eat, the quicker you will grow, and the less bruising you will have. Speed up the process and save yourself some pain — vow to read God’s Word every day, without fail. Say to yourself, “No Bible, no breakfast. No read, no feed.” Be like Job, and put your Bible before your belly. If you do that, God promises that you will be like a fruitful, strong and healthy tree (see Psalm 1). Each day, find somewhere quiet, and thoroughly soak your soul in the Word of God.