I’ve heard that question a lot.
There was a time when it seemed like every pastor I went to Bible College with was pastoring a dynamic, growing church, but me.
They followed church growth principles and started new churches. In a few years they were buying new land to accommodate the growing crowds.
But I was sitting in a pre-existing Small Church, nurturing it along through the beginning, challenging stages of a turnaround. It’s a hard, long road from dying, introverted and tired, to healthy, outward-looking and innovative.
My friends in ministry saw my struggle and gave me two pieces of advice more often than any other:
1. Plant your own church.
2. Start all over. Read the church the riot act, tear the old structure apart and say buh-bye to anyone who won’t get on board.
I chose a third path:
3. Work with the current church to rediscover a new vision together.
It was probably the hardest route to take, but for me and the church it has been the most rewarding.