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?
- 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:
- Explain that the church is engaging in an exciting new future
- Explain that the community is ever-changing
- Convey the excitement of being on the team
- Don’t be ashamed of the fact that the church needs replanting
- Remind guests that the replanting movement is gaining traction across the country and this church is part of that movement.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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