Five Critical Reasons Church Leaders Need Networks

Episode #043
May 31, 2018
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Isolation in ministry can be deadly for a church and career ending for a minister. Today we discuss the importance and benefits of having a network of people to help you in ministry.

Today’s Listener Question:


I know there are church planting networks, but should I try to find a revitalization network or replanted network? How would that benefit my work?

Episode Highlights:

  • When you’re isolated is when you’re most vulnerable to attacks from the enemy.
  • Do not try to revitalize a church while all by yourself in ministry.
  • Don’t get bogged down by the things your church doesn’t have; be blessed by what you do have.
  • One of a pastor’s greatest needs in ministry is accountability.

The five critical reasons we discuss are:

  1. The ministry can be very lonely
  2. Outsiders can offer perspectives clouded by the details of day-to-day work
  3. Networks can suggest a plethora of resources, many of them free
  4. The network can be a source of accountability
  5. It’s just more fun to work with others

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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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