Don’t Bury the Past, Build on the Past

Posted: December 5, 2014 in Church Revitalization, Leadership

You have heard the sad stories of a pastor accepting the call to a new church and making the mistake of trying to do away with the old. Sometimes a new pastor will come in with the attitude of “there is a new sheriff in town.” They come in with guns blazing trying to stir up and implement radical new change only to bring division and many broken relationships.

They deny the history of the church. They try to bury the past and in the end they bring a tidal wave of bitter fighting against certain individuals, causing division between the people in the church and between yourself and the leadership.

Burying the past can be a deadly approach and a way to end your ministry in a short few months and experience many bad meetings and hurt feelings.

Instead, of trying to bury the past and the history of a church, why not learn about the successes of past pastors, and the good times, the growing times of the church. Instead, learn some key principles and build on those. The past can be a bridge to a bright future, to a successful ministry, to growth of the church and a happy tenure at the church.

Why not research past successes of the church and take the principles that worked and see how they would apply to the present context where you are in the community and where the church is located and see if you can repeat success.

You know the church members are already connected with the past historical bright moments of the church so why not connect with the people and talk about the successful times of the past. Celebrate the past and build on the past. At the same time you will find yourself connecting with the people and the past.

You win the esteem and confidence of the people. You connect with the people and you bring the past winning principles to the present to see growth in the near future. The past is not an evil time, it is a time to be celebrated, remembered and gleam from the past.  Don’t bury the past, build on the past.


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