How to Know You are NOT a Church Revitalizer or Replanter

Episode #051
July 26, 2018
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Being a revitalizer or replanter is not for everyone. Today we discuss seven considerations to help you decide whether it might be for you or not.

Today’s Listener Question:


I finished seminary a couple years back and am on staff at an established church currently, but I’m possibly feeling the call to lead a church replant in a neighboring county. I’m just not sure it’s my selfish desire or the Lord telling me to go. I’m just not sure I’m the right kind of person for this task, or if I should stay on staff where I am. I listened to Episode 34 on how to know if you’re a replanter. But what about some reasons or ways to know if I’m not a replanter and should just be faithful in my current ministry?

Episode Highlights:

  • You have to consider the impact on your family when deciding whether or not to take a new job.
  • If you have to have constant and quick wins to keep you motivated in ministry, revitalization efforts might not be a good fit for you.
  • In today’s church culture, more than five years of tenure is seen as being a long-term leader.
  • The comparison game will eat you alive as a pastor.
  • If your church is not connected to its community, there’s a problem.

The seven reasons we discuss are:

  1. If you don’t have your family’s support
  2. If you must have quick results to be motivated
  3. If you can’t see beyond five years
  4. If you can’t get away from church comparisons
  5. If you can’t see yourself in the community where the church is
  6. If you are extremely thin skinned
  7. If you focus on scarcity of resources

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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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