Why Church Revitalization Will Increase Pastoral Tenure

Episode #061
October 4, 2018
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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.

Episode Highlights:

  • 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:

  1. More younger pastors have a long-term call to revitalization
  2. More retiring boomers have a long-term call to revitalization
  3. Most leaders understand the incremental nature of revitalization
  4. Revitalization is increasingly perceived to be an honorable calling
  5. There are more revitalization networks

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Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. 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 ChurchReplanters.com.

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