Living by faith takes courage—the kind of courage that only faith in Christ can produce. A lack of courage feeds on the presence of fear. So, one of the first tasks of the turnaround pastor is not to try to motivate church leaders but to take them deeper into their relationship with the one who takes away all fear—Jesus.
This article is adapted from "A Second Resurrection" (Abingdon Press, 2007) by Bill Easum, co-founder of Easum, Bandy & Associates, one of the premier church consulting firms in North America. He can be reached at [email protected] The Web site is www.easumbandy.com.