"Street Corner Monkeys Don't Turn Churches Around!"
Jason Cooper, Pastor of The Church at Oak Level in Ocoee, FL.
Organ grinders, complete with dancing monkeys, were often seen on the streets of New York City from 1890 - 1920 and would draw substantial crowds. However, after a few minutes the crowd would disperse to other pursuits. In other words, the sight of a dancing monkey was not enough to sustain a crowd. The same principle is true in church revitalization. A pastor with a dynamic personality or a compelling communication style can draw a substantial crowd to a church in decline. Unfortunately, pastoral personality and style alone is not enough to sustain church growth. But what happens when God taps a young pastor to step in to a declining church to illustrate the principle that only God grows and sustains a local church? This is just the beginning of this story.
Posted on Mon, February 18, 2013
by Mark Weible