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Pastoring Revival While Avoiding Burnout

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How do we help people move forward into a new thing that God is doing? When you see revival happening, how can you lead others into the revival, and (just as important), how do you keep from burning out once revival starts?

I’ve been there. As the pastor of a church, I saw God moving in Brownsville and Toronto (and all around the world). At first I wasn’t sure if it was really God who was at work, but once He touched me in the parking lot at Brownsville — before I even made it into the service! — I knew this was important. But how could I help my church encounter God in this way?

Leading others into revival isn’t easy. Our tendency is to push people, but I learned that pushing never works. It burns leaders out, and it frustrates those under their leadership. Remember that all Christ-followers are called to leadership at some level; it’s not just full-time senior pastors who lead! So whether you are a business owner, a parent, or simply a believer looking to see God move in your neighborhood, it is crucial to look at the lessons learned by others to know how to bring people into what God’s doing.

On today’s podcast episode, we sat down for a great conversation about this topic. We cover many of the key lessons I learned, including:

  • How to encounter God for yourself.
  • How to lead others into the move of God.
  • How to sustain revival, avoiding the pitfalls that cause it to sizzle out.
  • Discerning between God-inspired manifestations, demonic manifestations, and fleshly manifestations, and how to deal with them.
  • How to avoid personal burnout as a leader in the midst of revival.

Play it here on the site above | Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Google Podcasts | Listen on Spotify

— Tom Jones

PS) As you heard, I have a big heart for helping leaders have a safe place to pour out their hearts, to receive teaching & resources, to be under a life-giving accountability framework, and to help them avoid the mistakes I’ve made along the way. I mentioned the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening in the interview; if you are a pastor, ministry leader, or missionary, I would encourage you to prayerfully consider joining the Network. We believe in you, and would love to join arms with you! Click to learn about the Network →

Dr. Tom Jone photographDr. Tom Jones is a long-time friend of Randy’s. He currently serves as our Vice President along with leading our Network of churches, ministries, and missionaries, and overseeing all of our accredited education opportunities. Tom has a long history of pastoring and mentoring, with many considering him a spiritual father. Tom can be seen at many of our events, both as the emcee and as a keynote speaker. Learn more about Tom here →
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    Kim Jarman · 2 months ago
    I enjoyed listening to your down-to-earth style. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Keep up the great work that you do for the Lord.

    Kim Jarman
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    Justin Thomas · 2 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share. Your words encouraged and blessed me.
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    Linda Rothfuss · 3 months ago
    Thank you Tom. As one who has just been accepted into the network, I am blessed beyond measure to be led and covered by such leaders as you and Randy, amongst others. So much wisdom and humility in all you spoke.

    Thank you!
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    Connie Dawson · 3 months ago
    This was so good. What great wisdom. Thank you for blessing us this!!
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    Valina · 3 months ago
    Amazing resource and wisdom. Thank you for sharing!
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    Apostle Chris wanyon · 3 months ago
    Greatly thankful for God Almighty who brought you in my life,I have been desiring hunger for revival,I listening your most inspiring message on revival thanks so,please kindly welcome in Kenya Africa for leadership revival conference
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    Kim Zeolla · 3 months ago
    Thank you Tom for being transparent! This was very helpful. I’ll be listening to this again and again.

    Staying connected to heaven,

    Kim