10 Books for the Library of Every Church Revitalizer or Replanter

Episode #036
April 12, 2018
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Pastors in the midst of revitalization are often asking us about resources to help them. Today we cover 10 foundational books for revitalization and replanting.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’m currently serving as a Student Pastor, but over the course of the last year I’ve felt called to lead a replant/revitalization. I’ve been slowly taking classes at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, having conversations with other pastors leading replants/revitalizations, and have been meeting with my pastor weekly to grow as a leader and pastor. What books would you recommend to grow and prepare for a ministry of replanting or revitalizing?

Episode Highlights:

  • Continual learning is critical for pastors to keep in touch with where churches are heading in the future.
  • Most churches have about a 40-year healthy lifespan and then need to adapt for the next generation.

The 10 books we discuss are:

  1. Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches by Mark Clifton
  2. Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer
  3. Evangelism in the Early Church by Michael Green
  4. Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again by Andrew M. Davis 
  5. Who Moved My Pulpit? by Thom Rainer
  6. Biblical Church Revitalization: Solutions for Dying & Divided Churches by Brian Croft
  7. Flickering Lamps by Henry and Richard Blackaby
  8. From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church by by Harry L. Reeder III and David Swavely
  9. Can These Bones Live: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization by Bill Henard
  10. Replant Roadmap: How Your Congregation Can Help Revitalize Dying Churches by Mark Hillock

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit ChurchReplanters.com.

Submit Your Question:

Do you have a question about church revitalization or replanting for us to use on the podcast? Visit the podcast page to submit your question. If we use it on the show, you’ll get a copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church and Reclaiming Glory.