10 Reasons Church Revitalizations Often Fail

Episode #360
September 5, 2017
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Podcast Episode #360

Church revitalization, like several other things in the church, is not easy. There are no magic bullets, and because it’s hard, church revitalization often fails. Today, we cover ten reasons why.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Church members are often accepting of the idea of change—just not the action of change.
  • A lot of churches could do better in revitalization if they just knew how.
  • Church programs should be seen as means, not ends.
  • Church programs are not solutions. They are tools.
  • There is no magic bullet for church revitalization.
  • We know magic bullets don’t exist, but we still seek them out.
  • Reaching people with the gospel engenders spiritual warfare.

The 10 reasons church revitalizations often fail are:

  1. Comfort/resistance to change.
  2. Lack of knowledge.
  3. Despair and defeatism.
  4. Perception that programs are ends instead of a means.
  5. The magic bullet syndrome.
  6. Lack of awareness about the community.
  7. Evangelistic apathy.
  8. Deflection of blame.
  9. Short-term leadership.
  10. Failure to consider being acquired by another church.

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