Why the Adoption Language is Catching on in Church Replanting

Episode #153
July 8, 2020
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We have begun to migrate from the word merger to adoption when talking about replanting churches. The language of adoption is stronger suited for the work occurring between churches, which is why adoption language is catching on.

  • It indicates one family who will welcome another.
  • It makes common sense to the church being adopted.
  • It really fits well with the family metaphor being used for churches.
  • It clearly defines the relationship between the two churches.
  • It defines a relationship based on love.


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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