Is your church suffering, and you're not sure why? Church planter and professional interim pastor R. D. Stuart encourages church leaders to examine the different ways that they themselves may be exacerbating the problem. Unfortunately, flawed leadership is a big cause of ailing churches today. The good news is that God gives us the humility and ability to change. With forthright prose and practical examples from his own experiences, Stuart diagnoses different leadership failures and prescribes treatment for them. Along the way, he tackles making tough decisions; striving for unity; taming gossip; cultivating humility; and loving even the hard-to-love sheep. Ultimately, Church Revitalization from the Inside Out will help ministry leaders to strengthen their churches as they grow in faithfulness.
Is your church suffering, and youre not sure why? Church planter and professional interim pastor R. D. Stuart encourages church leaders to examine the different ways that they themselves may be exacerbating the problem. Unfortunately, flawed leadership is a big cause of ailing churches today. The good news is that God gives us the humility and ability to change. With forthright prose and practical examples from his own experiences, Stuart diagnoses different leadership failures and prescribes treatment for them. Along the way, he tackles making tough decisions; striving for unity; taming gossip; cultivating humility; and loving even the hard-to-love sheep. Ultimately, Church Revitalization from the Inside Out will help ministry leaders to strengthen their churches as they grow in faithfulness.
Robert Stuart (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; DMin, Reformed Theological Seminary; JD, The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary) is pastor of shepherding and leadership at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the president of Proclamation Ministries, Inc., which helps churches to rejuvenate ministries and revitalize leadership. Bob has served as professor of pastoral counseling at New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, seeing combat action during the Vietnam War.
The church in North America is in great need. Not only do we face threats from the devil and the world, but problems from within. Poorly thought-out leadership changes, succession plan failures or no plans at all, and a lack of shepherding the flock through these things to locate Christs mission and purpose have left congregation after congregation often wounded and weak. There is an answer. As you might imagine I would say, that answer is clearly in God's Word. But who will go and mine its truth for this particular crisis in the church today? Who has modeled what it means to lead a congregation through transition to find a future in Christ and in His purposes for the Church? I thank God for my friend, former teacher and mentor, Dr. Robert Stuart. Dr. Stuart was a Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine, they say. Well, he has taken a beach head for the Lord in this book. This book is replete with lessons, practical advice and Biblically grounded plans for leading a congregation into the sunlit uplands of a new day of hope for congregations all across America. I commend it with prayers for revival and renewal in the Church today.
Although pastors enter ministry with high expectations that they, like the apostles, will devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word, they soon learn that there is more required of them. Something that they are often ill prepared forleadership. And unless they learn to lead well, they will fail in ministry. And so will their churches. As someone who has led a company, pastored a church, and who now trains future pastors, I have read a number of books on leadership. Not one of those books, however, has been as practical and as full of real-life examples as Bob Stuarts Leaders Revitalized. Purchase it, put it on your bedside table, read it in the morning to prepare to lead well, and review it at night to see where you went wrong.
Failed leadership is at the heart of church conflict; a difficult summation to hear but one that must be believed and embraced if change is ever to occur. Failed leadership resulting in church conflict and then frequently the flight of the pastor leaving the pulpit empty has given rise to the need for a church doctor to examine the issues and prescribe healing to revitalize a hurting congregation. Bob Stuart is such a doctor who diagnoses the sickness in the church, exposes the practice of poor church leadership, and prescribes the cure. Leaders, pastors, and church planters are encouraged to read this book, which will help them become the leaders they were called to be.
The best word to describe Bob Stuarts book on church leadership is edifying. As an experienced pastor with a burden for shepherds and sheep he writes to strengthen the church by strengthening its leaders. I know firsthand that he knows what he is talking aboutGod used him to help heal my home church after a terrible split! Bob speaks biblical and practical truth into many areas of leaders lives. This book is not for the faint of heart; it is strong medicine written by a man of God to men of God who want to be what Christ wants them to be and to do what he wants them to do. I commend it highly to church leaders, their pastors, church planters, and believers who want to pray more intelligently for their leaders who keep watch over their souls and will have to give an account to the Chief Shepherd (Heb. 13:17; 1 Peter 5:4).
As a young pastor recently called to a 150-year old congregation, I have found Robert Stuarts words to be just what I need as I wade through the challenges of balancing this churchs extensive heritage with the need to revitalize and escape the doldrums that have plagued it for several years. Pastor Stuart is winsome and practical, yet he pulls no punches as he instructs pastors, elders, and other church leaders to take the necessary steps in pulling their churches out of decline, by Gods grace. This book provides for critical self-examination, humble piety, and inspired transformation.