This is the second part of a series about renewal in the church. The series has four parts in total and is posted once a week, on consecutive Tuesdays.
3. Leave the decision making to the people who have no clue of what they are doing
If you want to be really effective in spoiling the renewal you should keep the key people in the church, like the team leaders and the elders, complete misinformed.
Only hold meetings with the elders when you cannot avoid it and only talk about the issues in the meeting plan.
The issues should be as basic and boring as possible.
Maybe the elders could decide if the church needs a new row of pews?
This should keep them both uninformed of what is really going on and help them to lose all the motivation they ever had to do their job.
Meet with different team leaders as seldom as possible and make them feel that they should know what they are doing without your explaining it.
And if they still keep doing their job well, you can always make them feel like they are missing some really important point, that you can’t really explain because they should know it if they are real Christians.
A good frustration is excellent antidote to renewal.
4. Don’t let the leading pastor to choose their co-workers
If it’s possible, do not hire a pastor who wants to have renewal in the church.
But there is the risk that even the most boring pastor can suddenly become a burning preacher who searches the renewal for their congregation.
In this case it is imperial to prevent their coworkers to catch this renewal spirit.
If this happens, they will make a strong team that can lead the whole church to the renewal.
To avoid this, and forestall it from happening, make sure that the leading pastor never gets to work with people they have chosen.
Instead make sure that people who are against renewal and the pastors policies more openly in the church are chosen to work with him.
This is the second part of the series.
To read the first part, go to Part 1