I’m a firm believer in the church being the body of Christ, and that the Holy Spirit places those in the body who will be productive and cooperative within the body. See 1Corinthians 12:1-11. And since the Spirit has that role, He also has the role of moving people out who no longer work with what He is trying to accomplish. The role of the pastor/replanter is to be in tune with the Spirit and follow His lead.
Monday, August 6, 2018
One of the toughest pills for a replanting pastor to swallow is that some need to leave. Every pastor called by God is a shepherd at heart. We don’t want to lose a single sheep, even one who disagrees with us. Surely, we convince ourselves, they’ll come around. We pray for them. We walk on eggshells around them. We lose sleep over them and get that queezy feeling in our stomachs with each phone call, text, email or Facebook post from them.
But let’s be real. If God has called you to replant He has called you to be His agent for change leading the church back to life. Those who will work against you and that change must be converted to the vision or they must go elsewhere. And that’s OK. In fact, it’s necessary. A replanter is like a planter in this regard: God gave the vision to you. Your job is to help others see it and embrace it as well. Hopefully many will. But some will not.
Taken from The Replanted Church.