A local church will rarely grow beyond the skill and passion level of its pastor.
As that person does, so does the local church, for better and for worse. It is a heavy burden to bear, but it is the reality of life. Most of the time, not surprisingly, the pastor of the local church is not naturally gifted at evangelism. The keyword is “naturally.” He is usually more introverted and oriented toward speaking and teaching gifts. He would rather spend time studying than out with people trying to actively lead them to salvation. That’s okay. God can take a person like that and bring about exciting change.
Remember this important principle: as a pastor changes, so changes the local church.
God isn’t interested in a pastor’s natural gifting. God tends to use us most profoundly in the areas where we lack a natural inclination. It is there we learn to lean into God for strength and results.
To the degree the senior leader owns his responsibility in leading the way for evangelism, God will be able to break through and do something significant. Until the senior leader owns this role, little will happen.
Tell God you are willing to step up.
He will impart His desire.
Then step out.
God is ready. He will do something amazing if you will take the initiative. It all starts with prayer, obedience, and faith in a powerful God who can do far more than we ask or imagine!