Hey there Bootcampers, thanks for joining us this week. Jimbo’s back with a great report on his sister and her surgery and many thanks for keeping her and his family in prayer this last week.
Today we turn our attention toward something we all need, encouragement. Specifically, there are people in every Replant and Revitalization who stayed the course, kept things moving in the right direction. Fought the hard battles which were necessary to ensure the church had a future. People like that have seen others leave the church, many times even their life long friends.
This week the guys welcome to the bootcamp a long time Replanting friend, Pastor Mark Hallock, of the Calvary family of Churches in Denver Colorado. The guys spend time talking about how to be encouraged as a Pastor during this difficult season we find ourselves in.
Every person needs more encouragement than they get!
Pastor-you must stay encouraged yourself!
Think on Godly things (Philippians 4:8)
Guard against the overindulgence of ministry and media
Get outside in God’s creation!
Spend time in personal worship
Engage in edifying conversations
Spend time in prayer
Encourage those around you
Be intentional and consistent in your communication with your leaders
Practice Macro and Micro Shepherding
Micro-one to one (texts, phone calls etc.)
Pray for and feed the flock God’s word
Get back to the basics of pastoring your people
Trust the Lord and ask him to give you Joy
Start the Barnabas Challenge: encourage three people everyday. This will transform your congregation-it is powerful when a church becomes an encouraging church.
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Encouragement is a differentiator that makes you want to follow a leader!
The warmth and love that is experienced through encouragement creates a response to the one who exhibits it from an authentic life.
Best Hallock Quote of the Show:
“Many of us have encouraging thoughts, but we don’t let those translate into encouraging words. Until encouragement flows from my tongue to your ear it’s not encouragement. It’s just a nice thought that you had that no one is blessed by.” -Mark Hallock
What keeps us from encouraging others?
Lack of intentionality
Pride (especially in leaders)
Being an effective leader in a small dying church is different than serving in a large church, this is why warmth, hugs, encouragement and healthy touch are important to bring about a new culture.
In the early days of a Replant-just about everyone is discouraged! It so important to be an encourager!
Notable Quotes from Mark:
“What you bleed as a leader, is what your people will bleed in time.”
“The culture of a dying church is changed by the encouragement and love of the leader.”
“You can’t fake being a loving encouraging person for long! You need to beg God to make you an encouraging person.”
“The lack of encouragement is robbing you and others of joy!”