Five of the Biggest Disappointments in Church Revitalization & Replanting

Episode #92
May 9, 2019
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Disappointment plagues many pastors and church leaders. And in revitalizations or replants, it can be an ever bigger issue. Today, we identify five common areas of disappointment and how to deal with them.

Episode Highlights:

  • Some of your biggest early supporters as a pastor are only doing so because they think they’ll be able to manipulate or influence you for their gain.
  • Sometimes your church facility will never get to where it needs to be, but you have to be content knowing the Lord can still bless it.
  • God gives you victories in your life every week, you just have to see them and rejoice in them.
  • Oddly enough, some church members have more issues with a dying church merging with another than closing the church.

The five areas of disappointment we discuss are:

  1. When your big supporter becomes your big critic.
  2. When the facility is in much worse shape than you thought.
  3. When your support network disappears.
  4. When your church continues to decline despite your best efforts.
  5. When you conclude the church must close.

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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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