As we watch the daily news of the economy swirling downward we in the church need to realize that we now face the greatest opportunity to convey hope to a worried public since 9/11. Instead of wringing our hands in despair we need to realize that God has given us the answers that if we will communicate the world will listen. Now is the time to rise up as a leader and offer this hope. Here is what I would recommend.
It all starts with you. You can not lead people to where you are not. If your outlook is one of fear then your people will be fearful. If you are in dismay then they will be too. If you are in trouble financially then it stands to reason that your people are probably in the same boat. If you are in financial bondage you need to do all in your power to get out. There are tons of programs and services out there that can help you and in turn help your church. You have to lead by example and attitude. Adapting Godly principles for your life will allow you to proclaim them those in your charge.
Adapt a plan of action. What amazes me is that so many have no plan of action. I can ask a pastor what his growth plan is and he will tell me. I can ask him what his missions plan is and he can tell me. When I ask what his stewardship plan is I often get a glazed look from his eyes. The truth is they do not have one. You can not afford either personally or in your ministry not to have a plan of action to lead you through this time. There are tons of resources out there that can help you. Spend some time to put your plan together and you will see that you can navigate through this time.
My new book can be a starting place for you. On December 1st my first book “Recession Proof Your Offerings,” will be coming out. You can go to our website and click on the free button to get your copy. It’s an easy read that is filled with practical advice.
New podcast that contains some good advice for church leaders. You can find the link at the following address.
Ben Stroup always has good stuff and links from his blog that can be helpful. There is stuff out there that can help you. So, put down the sports page and start researching how you can develop a plan.
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The Charis Group