Eight Characteristics of an Effective Church Replanter

Episode #003
October 12, 2017
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Because of the great number of dying churches in North America, there is a great need for church replanters. Today, we cover eight characteristics needed in those called to replanting churches.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’ve been in vocational ministry for a little over 15 years. I love pastoring at established churches, but sometimes I wish for the freedom and excitement church planting brings. But I’m not wired like many of today’s church planters. Is it possible I could be a potential replanter?

Episode Highlights:

  • “God is moving in the hearts of pastors to embrace dying churches.”
  • “In a replant, the church will follow your leadership to the degree that they trust you as a shepherd.”
  • “You can’t see senior adults as a hindrance to your ministry, but as a resource to your ministry.”
  • “Very seldom do dying churches get low-hanging evangelistic fruit from the neighborhood.”
  • Many pastors feel pain because they think they are alone.

The eight characteristics that we cover in this episode are:

  1. Visionary shepherding
  2. Tactical patience
  3. Multi-generational ministry
  4. Disciple and disciple-maker
  5. High EQ
  6. High tolerance for pain
  7. Spousal perseverance
  8. Affinity for church’s history and legacy

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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