Anatomy of a Revived Church Seven Findings of How Congregations Avoided Death

Episode #113
October 3, 2019
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In today’s episode Dr. Rainer unpacks his most recent research project that studied the revived church. The qualitative research reveals 7 characteristics of churches that have moved from dying to revived.

Episode highlights include:

  • We have a tendency to blame others of the plight we find ourselves.
  • Churches that are revived expanded their score card to include faith conversions.
  • Revived churches got serious about prayer and prayed for other churches in their community.
  • There are toxins in churches, and when left in the church toxins will be fatal over time.
  • A toxic person is not a critic but has a repeated pattern of being divisive.

The 7 characteristics are…

  1. Accepting Responsibility
  2. Overcoming the Traps of Traditions
  3. Expanding the Scorecard
  4. Committing to Powerful Prayer
  5. Dealing with Toxins
  6. Seeking Silver Bullets No More
  7. Creating Meaningful Membership



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