Podcast Episode #320
Church replanting is becoming more and more of a need as more and more churches face death. More than 4,000 churches a year die every year, but through replanting, they can live again. Today, Mark Clifton joins us to explain how.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Church replanting is working with churches so that they don’t die or rescuing their resources if they do.
- 90% of SBC churches that close are in areas where the population is growing.
- “An empty church is like an abandoned castle of a long forgotten king.”
- “Empty, dead churches rob God of His glory.”
- “We’ve got more church plants that need space than we can imagine, and we have churches closing every week. We need to get them together.”
- “Church replants generally value the process of decision over the outcome of decision.”
- Churches don’t have to die. They are not without hope. They can live again through replanting.
- “The remaining members in a dying church are not in the way of your ministry, they are your first step in your ministry.”
- “You know an idol is false when you’re afraid of losing it.”
- “One characteristic of a dying church is an over-reliance on programs.”
About Mark Clifton
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Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast
- Reclaiming Glory by Mark Clifton
- Search by William Vanderbloemen
- Autopsy of a Deceased Church