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Taking Your Church Missional: What Does it Cost the Leader?

January 23, 2014

Taking Your Church Missional: What Does it Cost the Leader?

Leading ones church in a missional direction may be easier said than done. Along with the rewards come risks—both personal and corporate. In an informal survey, church leaders identified 10 key areas of cost in taking their church missional. Leadership Network’s concept paper, Taking Your Church Missional: What Does it Cost the Leader?, previously published by Lois Swagerty answered the questions: What does missional leadership look like? What does it cost? Is it worth it?

Here are some great quotes from the paper:

“It takes time to educate people on their faith being a lifestyle rather than another thing they do.”

“You have to spend a great deal of time communicating the vision even when you feel like the people ought to get it. You have to spend time not assuming they will get it—it’s a time investment.”

“There are costs that come along with being a servant, but you have to out-serve your people.”

“I was under the deception that if I worked hard enough and loved enough and cared enough, everyone would come on board.”

“We had to endure gossip in the Christian community about where the church was going.”

“How will we meet our budget if we reach out to the under-resourced in our community?”

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