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Pilots everywhere are trained to use checklists for every phase of their flights.  From the time they start in their student pilot days, the use of checklists is strictly enforced.  In some cases during pilot license check rides, the examining officers (the duly authorized pilots responsible for giving final approval for a new pilot’s rating) have been known to fail the student if he or she fails to use an approved checklist during the appropriate phase of the flight.  There are lists of responsibilities for actions prior to starting the engine, for taxiing, for takeoff, climb out, cruise, descent, and landing.  The more complex the aircraft, the more detailed and lengthy will be the checklists involved.  Flying is simply too important a subject (and in some cases too dangerous an activity) to neglect any particular and necessary configuration of the aircraft’s equipment or flight controls.  In short, it’s just too critical to ignore.  But isn’t that also true in regards to revival?  Isn’t it just too important to ignore any one of the necessary ingredients that contribute together to produce a mature and significant harvest in the Church?

These six principles that will be looked at in detail can serve as separate checklists that pastors and other church leadership can use in the revival phase of the church’s flight.  Under the subject of each of the principles is a list of things, that when complied with, will reassure us that we are ready for that particular phase of church growth and development.  Using the checklist simply means going through the list and asking whether or not we have complied with that item.  These items also serve to show us where any breakdown that may exist really lies.  In other words, one of the goals of using these principles is to help church leaders be more efficient in applying sound biblical precepts.  Hopefully, the reader will not take all of this to mean that there is some kind of mechanical approach to a spiritual harvest!  This is far from the truth and far from the intent of these chapters.  After all, this is the Church, which as Ephesians 2:20 says, is “… built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.”  However, anything that can help us to stay on track, stay focused on the priorities, and stay committed to the accomplishment of this great task is most certainly welcome and helpful.  For example, let’s consider the first principle, Vision.  We can tell pastors that they must have vision and that they must cast this vision to the congregation.  But that’s easier to say than do.  By using the seven points in the chapter on vision, however, a pastor should have a clearer idea of whether or not he is effective in transmitting the vision.  The points in that lesson will also serve to indicate trouble spots that may exist.  In other words, we simply hope that they will aid us in making a tough responsibility a little easier.

About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM