Nine Questions You Should Ask Before Leading a Church to Revitalization

Episode #015
November 23, 2017
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Where should I start? We get that a lot from pastors wanting to lead revitalization in their churches. Today we cover nine questions to ask yourself before you begin.

Today’s Listener Question:


Our church is in the beginning phases of revitalization. We will be taking the next month to cast and explain the vision and some of its implications to our congregation. Do you have any advice as we get started?

Episode Highlights:

  • It’s easy to pray for those who like us, but we’re called to pray for those who don’t like us as well.
  • If you’re going into a revitalization effort, you and your family need to be committed for the long haul.
  • If you’re not willing to commit for the long haul to a church revitalization effort, then don’t go.
  • Long-term leadership is vitally needed in most churches.
  • You have to make an intentional decision to be a continual learner. It doesn’t happen by accident.
  • Revitalization needs to take place with people who love the community and want to be in the community.

The nine questions you should ask before leading revitalization are:

  1. Will I pray daily for my church, her members, and my own leadership?
  2. Will I see this opportunity as a mission field?
  3. Will I make a commitment for the long haul?
  4. Will I love my critics and those who leave the church?
  5. Will I be persistent?
  6. Will I be a continuous learner?
  7. Will I be content?
  8. Will I be an incarnational example in my community?
  9. Will I take care of my family?

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