Why Some Churches Wait Too Long to Replant

Episode #112
September 26, 2019
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Admitting and starting to replant or revitalize can be hard for churches. Today we cover seven reasons many churches fail to take the needed action.

Episode Highlights:

  • Money in the bank can be a huge hindrance to revitalization.
  • As long as churches can pay their bills, they are often hesitant to ask for help.
  • When you rely too much on the personality of the pastor, you won’t rely enough on the Holy Spirit.
  • “If only we had…” is an excuse and a deflection churches use when they refuse to address problems.

The seven reasons we discuss are:

  1. “There is money in the bank.”
  2. “The magic bullet pastor is out there somewhere.”
  3. “Our methods are sound.”
  4. “We are not the problem.”
  5. “We can get it done tomorrow.”
  6. “We still have visitors.”
  7. “We know another church like us that turned around.”

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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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