Is your church suffering, and you’re not sure why? Church planter and professional interim pastor R. D. Stuart encourages church leaders to examine the different ways that they themselves may be exacerbating the problem.
Unfortunately, flawed leadership is a big cause of ailing churches today. The good news is that God gives us the humility and ability to change. With forthright prose and practical examples from his own experiences, Stuart diagnoses different leadership failures and prescribes treatment for them. Along the way, he tackles making tough decisions; striving for unity; taming gossip; cultivating humility; and loving even the hard-to-love sheep. Ultimately, Church Revitalization from the Inside Out will help ministry leaders to strengthen their churches as they grow in faithfulness.
Robert D. Stuart (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; DMin, Reformed Theological Seminary; JD, The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary) is pastor of shepherding and leadership at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the president of Proclamation Ministries, Inc., which helps churches to rejuvenate ministries and revitalize leadership. Bob has served as professor of pastoral counseling at New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, seeing combat action during the Vietnam War.
“As someone who has led a company, pastored a church, and trained future pastors, I have read a number of books on leadership. Not one of those books, however, has been as practical and as full of real-life examples as Bob Stuart’s.”
—Michael W. Honeycutt, Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church
“Bob Stuart . . . diagnoses the sickness in the church, exposes the practice of poor church leadership, and prescribes the cure. Leaders, pastors, and church planters are encouraged to read this book, which will help them become the leaders they were called to be.”
—David V. Edling, Author, Redeeming Church Conflicts