1. The birth of renewal, like the delivery of a child, includes pain, struggle, and tears of suffering — as well as tears of joy.
  2. Unrelenting grace-full, loving, persistent leadership is an important element for effective renewal.
  3. God honors biblical motives about lost people coming to know the Savior and growing in discipleship.
  4. God’s timing is not your timing. If you are not committed to the long haul, you may not be the right person to lead renewal.
  5. God does great work, but it often starts out with a small group committed to conversation with God through prayer.
  6. Challenges and obstacles can be expected along the way to renewal.
  7. A clear vision, received from God, is an essential element of moving a church to renewal and growth.
  8. Every Christian, by definition, has saving faith. However, if you are called to lead a church to renewal, it takes faith to believe God for the impossible. Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
  9. The leader will have abilities to share vision and, in time, coalesce a critical mass of Christians to move together toward desired objectives.
  10. Most of all, those involved will operate from a conviction of certainty that where they are going is in the center of God’s will.

This is excerpted from the May/June Church Doctor Report – Is There Hope for Your Church? Evidence from a Real Case Study.

Kent R. Hunter has consulted hundreds of churches in North America and taught thousands of church leaders in a dozen countries. His 30 books are widely read with translations in six languages. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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