Six Reasons Why Some Churches Chose Death over Revitalization

Episode #89
April 18, 2019
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Churches who die typically show common symptoms. Today, we discuss common reasons they decide to die instead of revitalize.

Episode Highlights:

  • So many churches are in denial that they just don’t see they are dying.
  • Steps for revitalization may seem obvious for some, but for many, they are not.
  • Hiring a young pastor is not the silver bullet for church revitalization.
  • The Christian life is not a call to a comfortable life.

The six reasons we discuss are:

  1. “We didn’t know we were dying.”
  2. “We didn’t know how to revitalize.”
  3. “We thought we had the silver bullet for revitalization.”
  4. “We were just uncomfortable with the change we would have to endure.”
  5. “We are angry.”
  6. “We are tired.”

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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