How to Help Members Deal with the Pain of a Dying Church

Episode #139
April 2, 2020
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Revitalize and Replant often talk about dying churches and the pain it creates for members. Thom and Kevin Ezell discuss best practices for leaders to utilize as they help members of a dying church deal with the pain.


  1. Get them to turn that pain into a greater passion for prayer.
  2. Find the intersection of members’ passions, member’s’ gifts, and community needs.
  3. Celebrate more often.
  4. Get them to remember the past to propel them to the future.
  5. Get them to consider a replant.

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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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