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, June 11, 2012
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