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Featuring Thom Rainer, Mark Clifton, and Kevin Ezell, Revitalize & Replant is presented by the North American Mission Board. Revitalize & Replant is a weekly discussion on church revitalization and replanting.

Revitalize & Replant with Thom Rainer Thom Rainer with Mark Clifton and Kevin Ezell

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 248 Ratings

Featuring Thom Rainer, Mark Clifton, and Kevin Ezell, Revitalize & Replant is presented by the North American Mission Board. Revitalize & Replant is a weekly discussion on church revitalization and replanting.

    Why Church Autopsies Are Important

    Why Church Autopsies Are Important

    https://youtu.be/Tl9N91xq-3A



    Mark and Thom delve into the painful issue of examining why churches died. They do so that future deaths might be prevented. They also show how churches today can move to health rather than death.



    Every church is moving either toward a more vibrant life or toward death.





    Most dying churches are in denial (an issue we will unpack in the next podcast).





    Most dying churches think they have more time.





    Most dying churches are looking for a silver bullet.





    Most dying churches will indeed die.



     

    Resources:



    North American Mission Board Church Replanters





    ChurchMortician.com





    Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom S. Rainer





    Anatomy of a Revived Church: Seven Findings about How Congregations Avoided Death by Thom S. Rainer





    Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches by Mark Clifton





    Know Your Community Report





    Church Answers membership (including Church Answers Central)



     

    Episode Sponsor:





    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.

    • 23 min
    Why 50 to 100 in Attendance Has Become the New Growth Barrier (But a Great Opportunity)

    Why 50 to 100 in Attendance Has Become the New Growth Barrier (But a Great Opportunity)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWeZy8Uvdag



    The common growth barrier for churches for over 50 years was 200 in average worship attendance. Thom and Mark argue that the new barrier is 50 to 100. But they not only tell you why it is the new growth barrier, they share how your church can burst through the barrier.

    1. One-half of North American churches have an average worship attendance below 65.

    2. Individual pastoral care is almost impossible as a church approaches 100 in attendance.

    3. The berry bucket is alive and well.

    4. Pastoral exhaustion is too common among these churches.

    5. Evangelism is necessary to get beyond 100 consistently.

     

    Resources:



    North American Mission Board Church Replanters





    Books by Elmer Towns





    Books by Lyle Schaller





    Revitalize & Replant Episode #275





    The Berry Bucket and How It Often Causes Church Conflict



     

    Episode Sponsor:





    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.

    • 23 min
    5 Types of Low-hanging Fruit to Grow Your Church

    5 Types of Low-hanging Fruit to Grow Your Church

    https://youtu.be/GZvyEsd9b8s



    In the previous episode, Thom and Mark addressed the issue of strategic patience in a revitalization, meaning that revitalization fruit may not be long-standing until five years have elapsed. But . . . the church can experience some encouraging moves forward with the concept called low-hanging fruit.

    1. Low-cost paint or landscaping

    2. New church signage

    3. Training a welcome team

    4. Singing songs the congregation knows

    5. Prayer for the community

     

    Resources:



    North American Mission Board Church Replanters





    Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom S. Rainer





    Interview with Keith Getty - Part 1





    Interview with Keith Getty - Part 2



     

    Episode Sponsor:





    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.

    • 20 min
    Why It Can Take at Least 5 Years to See Revitalization Fruit

    Why It Can Take at Least 5 Years to See Revitalization Fruit

    https://youtu.be/I_xBBvqFJxI



    Leading a church in revitalization requires not only tactical patience but strategic patience as well. Thom and Mark describe strategic patience and why it the fruit of revitalization may not be evident for five years.

    1. The Berry Bucket often takes that long.

    2. The denial factor is often entrenched.

    3. Trust in the pastor often begins after 5 years

    4. There are many fires to put out.

    5. Evangelism as a priority often takes 5 years.

    6. Prayer must move from perfunctory to desperate.

    7. But low-hanging fruit is possible in the short term.

     

    Resources:



    The Berry Bucket Principle - “Leading and Managing Your Church” by Carl George





    Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches by Mark Clifton





    Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom S. Rainer





    Anatomy of a Revived Church: Seven Findings about How Congregations Avoided Death by Thom S. Rainer





    Church Answer Central





    North American Mission Board Church Replanters



     



     

    Episode Sponsor:





    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.

    • 24 min
    How to Deal with Resentment in a Revitalization

    How to Deal with Resentment in a Revitalization

    https://youtu.be/3OQi4SlrrNQ



    It is cliche, but church revitalization is tough. Almost every revitalization leader has to deal with resentment toward people and situations at some point. In this episode, Thom and Mark offer some advice and encouragement about dealing with resentment.



    It depends.





    What is the issue? How important is it?





    Focus on the positive in a Philippians' way.





    Acts 6:4





    Have a trusted confidant.



     

    Resources:



    North American Mission Board Church Replanters





    Collaborate with ministry leaders around the world! Join us at Church Answers Gold!





    Link to R&R Episode # 273 - "An Interview with Keith Getty: The Queen of England, a New Album, the Resurgence of Hymnody in the Church, and a Few Funny Thoughts (Part 2)"



     



     

    Episode Sponsor:





    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.

    • 24 min
    An Interview with Keith Getty: The Queen of England, a New Album, the Resurgence of Hymnody in the Church, and a Few Funny Thoughts (Part 2)

    An Interview with Keith Getty: The Queen of England, a New Album, the Resurgence of Hymnody in the Church, and a Few Funny Thoughts (Part 2)

    https://youtu.be/Kg6zx93SCWg



    Part 2 of Thom and Mark’s interview with Keith Getty on a wide range of thoughts, including:



    Keith's recognition from the Queen of England and thoughts about her influence

    A  new album.

    The incredible success of Sing! What's in store for the future?

    How the Gettys have influenced the growth of hymnody in churches.

    Advice from Keith to church worship leaders of small churches.

    What is it like to lead a ministry with your spouse?

    And much more!



     

    Resources:



    Part 1 - An Interview with Keith Getty 





    Getty Music





    Sing! Worship Conference





    “Christ Our Hope In Life And Death” album by Keith and Kristyn Getty





    “Rejoice” by Keith and Kristyn Getty





    “The Lord Almighty Reigns” by Keith and Kristyn Getty





    North American Mission Board Church Replanters





    Collaborate with ministry leaders around the world! Join us at Church Answers Gold!



     



     

    Episode Sponsor:





    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.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

preacha'man ,

An amazing help to me in my bi-co-vocational ministry.

This podcast is an amazing help to me in my bi-co-vocational ministry. I am currently revitalizing two churches in two different denominations that both had lost 90% of their attendees. I also hold a 45+hour a week full time healthcare CEO job. I have to listen to this with my finger over the rewind button as I ask myself, “did he really say that?” :-)

RevKev55 ,

Encouraging and Excellent

Practical encouragement and wisdom from decades in the trenches.

ChadrickDF ,

New Pastor

Thank y’all for the content each week. I am a new pastor and am in need of good, sound advice. You present that each and every week! Chad

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