Why Pastors Are Afraid of Revitalization

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Podcast Episode #171


While church planting is garnering much attention (deservedly so), church revitalization is becoming more and more important throughout North America. In today’s episode, we discuss this topic and why pastors sometimes feel unqualified or even fearful to lead a revitalization effort. We also talk about barbecue…because…well…Jonathan likes food.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Substantive changes in a church typically don’t take hold until a pastor has been at a church for 4-5 years.
  • The most common way to face reality in a church is to look at a 10-year attendance pattern.
  • Revitalization is not something that happens with a snap of a finger.
  • You don’t revitalize a church in your power. You do it through God’s power.
  • There are a lot of pastors and church leaders who just don’t want to ask for help.
  • If there were no risk in church revitalization, every church would be revitalized.
  • Don’t get into revitalization if you’re afraid to lead by faith.

The eight reasons pastors are afraid of revitalization are:

  1. Revitalization requires a long-term vision for a church
  2. It requires facing reality
  3. It demands patience
  4. It requires prayer
  5. It might require asking for help
  6. It requires “stick-to-it-ness”
  7. It might mean hurting people you love
  8. It requires taking a risk.

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