Tim-keller09 Called a “C.S. Lewis for the 21st century” by Newsweek, Tim Keller is founder and pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Over the past 20 years, the church has grown to three sites, with weekly attendance of 6,000. The church he leads is known for its missional approach, planting more than 100 churches through the Redeemer Church Planting Center. Keller is the author of the best-selling The Reason for God.

The following are some of his thoughts at the 2009 Leadership Summit:

  • Both brothers are far from the father.  neither loves the father.  They both loved the father’s money more than the loved the father or each other.
  • We know what to tell the younger brother to get close to the father – come home.  We don’t know what to tell the older brother.

Here are two things that the elder brother needs to do…

1. You got to get to a new level of repentance.

  • Renewal will come not when you repent for your wrong doings; it comes when you repent for the reasons for your right doing.
  • “The main thing separating you from God is not your sin; it is your damnable reason for your good works.”

2. You got to get to a new level of joy.

  • “The main thing separating you from God is not your sin; it is your damnable reason for your good works.”

Five things leaders need to do to bring renewal in your church.

1. Leaders have got to work this out in your heart.

  • “Don’t go into the ministry to save your soul.”  That is why you live and die according to your attendance.  That is why you overwork and why criticism utterly kills you!

2. Leaders must communicate beyond biblical principles to the gospel.

3. Take leaders through this process.

4. Work it into your congregations.

5. Share the good news of the gospel with others.

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