The Power of Celebrating in Church Revitalization

Episode #047
June 28, 2018
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Celebrating the wins in a revitalization is important as you gain momentum moving forward. Today we discuss why it’s important and how to improve on this in your church.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’ve been at my current church for a little over four years. We’ve seen some small wins in revitalization over the past year or so. What should I do to keep the momentum going when the wins are small and not something everyone in the church sees?

Episode Highlights:

  • Celebration leads to action in the church.
  • Fewer and fewer churches are truly celebrating conversions by new believers.
  • The more you celebrate something in your church, the more likely people are to gravitate to doing that.
  • Celebrate a church’s past not as something to which we should return but as something that provides hope for the future.
  • Other local churches are your ministry partners, not your ministry competitors.

The seven ways you can celebrate are:

  1. “What gets celebrated gets done”
  2. Celebrate small victories
  3. Celebrate community impact
  4. Celebrate each conversion
  5. Celebrate the history of the church as a path for the future
  6. Celebrate improvements in the church’s facilities
  7. Celebrate ministry partners

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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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