It’s called a turnaround for a reason. It’s more about the direction you’re heading than the speed you’re going.
By Karl Vaters, Christianity Today, 8/25/17.
…Almost 25 years ago, I was called to help a church turn around from a decade of numerical, emotional, spiritual and missional decline.
There were about 30 very discouraged people when I arrived and, while I wasn’t expecting to go “from 30 to 3,000 in three years!” I did expect a lot more than we got. The church is situated on a busy street in a very populated area, after all. Onward and upward, right?
If you had told me that the church would still be under 100 and worshiping in the same small building after ten years of pastoring, I probably would not have taken the assignment.
And if you’d told me that we’d be under 200 and in the same building 25 years later (as in, today) I’d have been out the door so fast there’d be a Roadrunner cartoon trail of smoke behind me.
But here I am. In exactly that spot. And I’m so profoundly grateful to be here…
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