How to Explain to Guests That You’re Replanting a Church

Episode #024
January 18, 2018
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When you’re replanting a church, it can sometimes be difficult to explain that to guests. Today we discuss how to have those conversations and what to tell guests about your church’s journey.

Today’s Listener Question:


I pastor a replant and always feel the need to tell guests that we are in the middle of a replant. Should I be doing this? And if so, what’s the best way to do it?

Episode Highlights:

  • You should never feel the need to apologize to guests for the size of your church.
  • As a pastor, don’t point out what you don’t have; point out what you do have.
  • When a church changes, it should be changing into what Jesus wants it to be.
  • A replant is not something to be ashamed of or to run away from. God is doing something new in something old.
  • God’s not done with you, and he’s not done with His church.

The five considerations for communicating that your church is a replant are:

  1. Explain that the church is engaging in an exciting new future
  2. Explain that the community is ever-changing
  3. Convey the excitement of being on the team
  4. Don’t be ashamed of the fact that the church needs replanting
  5. Remind guests that the replanting movement is gaining traction across the country and this church is part of that movement.

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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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