Part 1 of 3: Elephants in the Room in Revitalization – “My Spouse is Ready to Leave the Church, but I’m Not”

Episode #238
February 24, 2022
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Mark and Thom look at some of the unspoken but very real issues in church revitalization. They confront the reality of the issue and then offer a pathway to deal with it. In this first of three episodes, they examine the challenge when a spouse wants to leave a church but the pastor or staff member does not.

  • The underlying issue or issues must be addressed with your spouse.
  • Is the issue the church or your neglect of your spouse?
  • Are there some solutions, such as an extended vacation, that can be attempted?
  • When it’s all said and done, though, we must listen carefully to our spouses.




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