How to Know if You Are a Replanter

Episode #034
March 29, 2018
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A couple decades ago, pastors would have never desired to go to dying churches. With replanting, now they are enthusiastically moving to churches to replant them.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’m currently in seminary and will graduate in the next year. As I prayerfully look at possible pastorates over the next year, what would you tell me to consider to determine if I am called to replant or not? How do I know if I’m called to that? What would you say are the essential qualities that a person needs to be able to replant a church?

Episode Highlights:

  • God truly is calling pastors to replant churches.
  • If you don’t have anyone who can speak truth into your life and ministry, you aren’t ready for the pastorate.
  • Pastors, make sure you have people in your life who you can trust to tell you the truth about yourself.
  • Different generations of people process decisions differently.
  • You’re not going to successfully replant a church if you’re not discipling and evangelizing.

The five basic steps we walk through are:

  1. Start with self analysis
    • Do you have tactical patience?
    • Can you work with multi generations of people well?
    • Do you have an appreciation for history?
    • Are you a disciple maker?
    • Do you possess the heart of the missionary?
    • Can you succeed and find happiness if you’re not affirmed constantly by people around you?
  2. Spend time with pastors of dying churches
  3. Spend time with church planters
  4. Spend time with mature pastors
  5. Consider a formal replanter assessment if all of that still draws you to replanting.

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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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