How to Deal with an Aging Facility in a Revitalization or Replant

Episode #044
June 7, 2018
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Aging facilities can be a drain on a church—especially one needing revitalization. Today, we discuss how to best address this issue.

Today’s Listener Question:


We have a really old facility. It was built in the 1930s—so it’s not even “mid-century” as you’ve talked about in the past. Are there any things I can do to the facility that won’t cost an arm and a leg that can help me in my replant?

Episode Highlights:

  • Too many churches built worship centers that were just too big.
  • The building is often the biggest burden in a church revitalization or replant.
  • When upgrading your church facility, start with low-hanging fruit and needed safety upgrades.
  • In churches, money and resources flow toward activity.

The five facility issues we discuss are:

  1. Get a clear perspective on the challenges.
  2. Decide what is urgent.
  3. Look for low-hanging fruit.
  4. Seek ministry partners.
  5. Seek construction and building ministries to do facility rehabilitation work.

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Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and 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

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