Why Dying Churches Blame Everyone But Themselves

Episode #042
May 24, 2018
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There is plenty of blame to go around in dying churches. Unfortunately, they rarely look in the mirror and instead blame others. Today we discuss why that is wrong and how to combat it.

Today’s Listener Question:


I currently serve as an associate pastor but am about to take on a replant. My pastor has mentored me well, and often talks about how he has to manage blame coming from the church when anything goes not according to plan. What are some frequent objects of blame in replants?

Episode Highlights:

  • One of the death wheezes of a church is when it begins to resent the people in its community.
  • When a new pastor comes, members should ask “what can I do to help the new pastor succeed?”
  • You can’t revitalize a church if there is a spirit of bitterness in the church.
  • You will lose the next generation of leadership in your church if you don’t give them opportunities to lead.
  • God is under no obligation to resource your plans for His church.

The five objects of blame we discuss are:

  1. The community won’t come to our church!
  2. It’s the fault of the (past or present) pastor!
  3. Those members should have never left us!
  4. The denomination won’t help us!
  5. Younger families are too snobby to visit us!

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.

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