Six Things You Must Give Your Congregation to Have a Successful Revitalization

Episode #033
March 22, 2018
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As the leader of a church’s revitalization, you have to be able to provide certain things to the people and the community. Today, we cover six key components.

Today’s Listener Question:


I’m a young pastor getting ready to go into my second pastorate, and this new church is in need for mild revitalization. I have been reading about, studying, and living in church revitalization during my first pastorate, so it is not a foreign topic to me, however I’m no expert when it comes to church revitalization. What areas/actions would you suggest that I focus on as I begin serving in this new position?

Episode Highlights:

  • Whatever age you are, always have a learning disposition.
  • Good leadership does two things: it helps you face reality, and it gives you hope.
  • Revitalization must be led by a pastor who gives the church a healthy dose of love.
  • Churches in need of revitalization have to be reminded that they have a future.
  • Any vision statement that is not actionable is not a true vision statement.

The six keys we cover are:

  1. A healthy dose of reality
  2. Unconditional love
  3. Hope
  4. A clear plan forward
  5. A love for the community
  6. Respect for their history and heritage

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