I started reading “Onward” by Howard Schultz yesterday. It;s a hard book for me to put down. Here’s a great quote from the book:
“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational arguments, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.”
That is the kind of courage it takes to be a turn around pastor – to move a church from decline to health and growth. I really believe courage is one of the most important factors in church revitalization. And, it is one thing that most pastors of these churches struggles with the most. Change will not happen without risk.