The Need for Church Replanting featuring Mark Clifton

April 18, 2017
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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

Mark Clifton is a pastor, church planter, church revitalizer, mission strategist, coach, and mentor to young leaders. He has planted numerous churches and most recently replanted a dying urban core church in Kansas City, MO. He has led numerous national conferences on church planting and revitalization, consulted and coached leaders, churches and denominational entities throughout North America, and has taught in a variety of settings including colleges and seminaries. Mark has been planting, replanting and providing strategic mission leadership since 1978.

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