Some Keys to Success in Revitalization We Are Hearing from Leaders

Episode #037
April 19, 2018
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Successful revitalization needs with a successful leader. Today, we take a look at some keys to being a successful leader in a church revitalization.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’m 62 and have been in my current ministry in the NC Triad for 13 years. Our congregation is 30-35 strong, median age of 55 and in desperate need of revitalization. Am I up to the task? What are the keys necessary for me to lead this effort with success?

Episode Highlights:

  • The boomer generation is going to be one of the keys to church revitalization in the future.
  • When you go into a revitalization effort, you need to make a long term commitment to the church at the onset.
  • Church revitalization always starts with prayer.
  • Pastors, you need to be praying for your church members daily.
  • Your church address is not an accident. God has put your church where it is for a purpose.

The six keys for success that we cover are:

  1. The leader made a long-term commitment at the onset
  2. The leader made a decision and commitment not to play the comparison game.
  3. The leader made a commitment to pray daily for the church members and the community.
  4. The leader celebrated even small successes.
  5. The leader became consciously aware of potential distractions
  6. The leader was highly intentional to minister to his family.

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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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