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I'm a New Executive Pastor in a Turn Around Church
By Allen Ratta
Week One – Where to Start?
I want to apologize for the recent hiatus in writing to my newsletter audience, especially with new subscribers joining every day. Here is the news flash. I’ve become an executive pastor in a “turn around” church! The early stages of this journey have totally buried me. It has also given me fresh perspectives on how to help churches grow, which will deepen my future writings. I am also developing video presentations to recruit key volunteers and associated training materials and videos, which I will be happy to share those who write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of you know that I have been training, consulting and writing on church growth for tens of thousands of pastors for the last 30 years. My recent book, The Optimized Church has been very well received. Yet I have been out of active pastoral ministry for over 16 years. So I jumped off the cliff and became a local church leader. Forget theory! I am now living the day-to-day realities and pastoral challenges of growing a turn around church. How did it happen?
I was happily training a group of pastors at a North Coast Network training event on my home church campus at North Coast Church in Vista, CA. As soon as I finished my presentation I was approached by the lead pastor of a church that has been known for years as a great church in North County San Diego. His opening words were urgent. “Our church needs everything you have been talking about!” I was soon to discover that the church had declined from 3,500 to less than 500 in weekend attendance. As the pastor and I shared, I was gripped with a burden for this church, located in my own city. So a few weeks ago I agreed to join their staff with the understanding that I am still very free to conduct outside ministry.
From day one I hit the ground running. The first order of business was to fix the church’s connection process. Visitors, which represent 100% of the church’s growth potential, came and left through a revolving front door. No one was positioned to hear their stories, let alone mobilize the resources of the church to meet their needs and interests. Their Velcro Factor approached that of a new Teflon pan. Where to start?
The Optimized Church is the
result of best practices
distilled out of working with
thousands of churches over
25 years. If you read it, you
will never lack a broad
context for prioritizing the
work of the ministry.