10 Reasons for Optimism in 2019

Episode #498
January 1, 2019
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We kick off 2019 with 10 reasons we are optimistic about churches. From an openness to consulting to church revitalization, we are seeing God move in churches in fresh ways.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One of the worst postures a church leader can have is one of denial.
  • If a church is focused on evangelism and outreach, revitalization will likely result.
  • Church conflict and bullies will turn a church’s focus inwardly.
  • Pastor, the church down the street is your co-laborer, not your competition.

The 10 reasons for optimism that we discuss are:

  1. More church leaders are admitting their churches are struggling.
  2. Churches are increasingly connecting with their communities.
  3. There is significant evidence of greater Great Commission obedience.
  4. Toxic church behavior is less tolerated.
  5. Church revitalization has become a major movement.
  6. More young pastors feel called to lead a church revitalization.
  7. More church leaders are seeking coaching and consultations.
  8. Churches are working together toward fulfilling the Great Commission.
  9. Church planting and church revitalization are not perceived to be either/or.
  10. The multi-site and multi-venue movement is entering an era of growth and maturity.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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