Revitalization is on the upswing, and with it, so is pastoral tenure. While these may not be in a causative relation, they certainly do compliment one another. Today, we discuss why.
Today’s Listener Question:
Are pastors starting to stay longer at churches with a commitment to revitalize them? Or is there still a sense of ladder climbing in the ministry? Anecdotally, it seems that the ladder climbing has abated when it comes to younger pastors.
- Younger pastors tend to value different things in ministry than the generation before them. Ladder climbing isn’t as prevalent as it once was.
- More and more Millennial pastors are going into revitalizations for the long haul.
- Church revitalization is becoming something that pastors actually want to do. It is a noble call.
- Revitalization pastors need a network of peers to help fight loneliness and frustration.
The five reasons we discuss are:
- More younger pastors have a long-term call to revitalization
- More retiring boomers have a long-term call to revitalization
- Most leaders understand the incremental nature of revitalization
- Revitalization is increasingly perceived to be an honorable calling
- There are more revitalization networks
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Revitalization Outside the Bible Belt
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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