Seven Reasons Why Church Revitalization Is an Honorable Calling

Episode #82
February 28, 2019
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Being called to pastor a church in need of revitalization or replanting is an honorable calling. Today, we explain why.

This Week’s Question:

FROM KYLE — In Episode #061, you mentioned that revitalization is a noble calling. I thought it was a great point. Can you expound on the reasons for that in a future episode?

Episode Highlights:

  • “I don’t believe God would be calling so many people to revitalization if He wasn’t about to do something incredible.”
  • “Dying churches are not something to run away from, but something to run to.”
  • “10% of our churches will close in the next five years if they don’t change something.”
  • Pastoring a dying church will have its costs, but seeing God move and turn it around will be the greatest reward imaginable.

The seven reasons we cover are:

  1. Because Christ loves His churches
  2. Because Christ loves the communities in which these churches are located
  3. Because no church address is an accident
  4. Because revitalization is desperately needed
  5. Because God’s resources are at risk
  6. Because it is self-sacrificial
  7. Because it demonstrates the power of the Gospel

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

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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