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#91. Churches Embracing Change: It Starts With the Leader
Episode 9119th December 2023 • Our Urban Voices • Dr. Alfonse Javed
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Pastor Mark Lee sharing on pastoring a church to change and grow in a culturally diverse community.

Churches are declining in the United States. What can be done to replant and grow a declining church?

Pastor Mark Lee has served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church since 2019. He is leading his congregation in embracing and engaging the ethnically diverse community around them.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Characteristics and Tenants of Biblical Leadership
  • Paul's Model for Church Leaders
  • Identifying and Implementing Change to Reverse Decline in Church Attendance

ABOUT THE GUEST: 

Pastor Mark Lee has served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church since 2019. He is a Graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Mark is married to Minah and they have three adult children– a daughter and two sons.

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TIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:

01:49 - The group reflects the leader

02:01 - Characteristics of Biblical leadership

02:18 - Humility, Selflessness, Shepherd's Heart,

02:32 - Key in today's church: Willingness to Collaboration

04:05 - Willing to listen

04:14 - Tenants of biblical leadership

04:22 - Paul as an example of leadership

04:39 - Humility is a huge part of Christian leadership

04:48 - Servant to all people

04:55 - A pastor is not going to be liked by everyone in the church

05:12 - Maintain spiritual discipline

05:36 - Daily habits

05:45 - Open to the Holy Spirit

05:54 - Willingness and desire to submit to God

06:05 - Live among the people

06:22 - Rely on and be obedient to the Holy Spirit

06:30 - Selflessness and never about personal gain

06:58 - Do all church leaders follow the model that Paul has set?

07:25 - Greed

08:11 - Paul on growing churches in ethnically-diverse communities

08:30 - Certain churches have grown in the last 30 years

08:43 - Big churches have problems also

09:11 - Perseverance for the sake of God's glory

09:52 - Opposition and failure is part of ministry

10:57 - Expanding our experiences and understanding of other cultures

11:02 - Willing and open heart and mind

11:32 - Efforts to reach the community

13:04 - Online church vs In-Person Church

15:04 - Intentionally trying to engage the congregation to join in person

18:16 - Steps needed to identify and implement change to reverse decline in church attendance

19:01 - We've allowed politics to be an issue

19:25 - Make God the priority

20:08 - Churches have gone away from Scripture, preaching God, Jesus, the Good News

23:33 - Practical things a church can do to incorporate multicultural understanding

23:43 - Training within the church

24:07 - Cultural intelligence training

26:43 - Training brings confidence to talk to people

27:08 - Welcome new visitors

28:33 - Pastor Mark Lee's email address: mark@cscpc.org

29:12 - Importance of understanding the culture

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