Five Questions to Ask If Your Church Is Experiencing a Financial Shortfall in a Revitalization

Episode #2: Revitalize 2020 Bonus
January 22, 2020
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In today’s Revitalize and Replant bonus episode, we uncover five questions to ask not if, but when your work in church revitalization is experiencing a financial shortfall. 


  1. Have we listened to wise counsel outside the church?
  2. Are there indications the shortfall is seasonal or systemic?
  3. Do we need to do everything we are doing?
  4. Are our personnel and commensurate costs aligned with our mission and needs?
  5. Do we need to be adopted?

Other Highlights:

  • Don’t be afraid to have an entity from the outside evaluate your systems and provide wisdom.
  • Financial shortfalls are often a systemic problem in church revitalization.
  • Many churches are still paying for staff positions they needed 20 years ago but no longer need today.
  • Don’t only ask if we need to do what we are currently doing. Also ask if there are things we should be doing that we aren’t currently. 

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

    • 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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