Five Major Types of Church Revitalization

Episode #016
November 23, 2017
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Every church is different. As such, every church revitalization project is different. Sometimes it’s more than just context though—it’s methods as well.

Today’s Listener Question:


What would you advise a church of 30 adults to do in a denomination where outside revitalization help is not available? There is no way to pass off the property to another congregation. And no outside congregation close enough to help

Episode Highlights:

  • Relocation is not a silver bullet for church revitalization.
  • Usually in a merger revitalization, there is a dominant church, so it functions more like an acquisition.
  • Other churches in your area are your co-laborers, not your competition.

The five types of church revitalization are:

  1. Organic revitalization
  2. Relocation revitalization
  3. Leadershift revitalization
  4. Merger revitalization
  5. Acquisitional revitalization

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

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