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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

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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.

    Five Questions to Ask Before Changing Your Church’s Name

    Five Questions to Ask Before Changing Your Church’s Name

    Mark and Thom delve into the issue of changing your church's name. They suggest asking five questions. Too many church leaders have made big mistakes by not asking these questions:



    1. Is there a compelling reason to change the name?



    2. Is the reason for changing the name more positive than negative?



    3. Have I asked the opinion of key influencers in the church?



    4. Is this the right decision for the church if I am gone in a year?



    5. What are the consequences if the effort fails?



     

    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
    Five Reasons Your Group Ministry Is More Important as the Church Regathers

    Five Reasons Your Group Ministry Is More Important as the Church Regathers

    The small group ministry of a church has always been a vital ministry of a congregation. In this episode, Kevin and Thom share why the ministry is more important in a post-COVID world.

    1. Assimilation will be critical and fragile in the regathering stage.

    2. There will be an immediate desire for connections as the church regathers.

    3. Your church's financial support will come largely from your group ministry.

    4. There is the opportunity for the blank slate period to give a new emphasis on small groups.

    5. The church is gravitating toward smaller gatherings naturally.





     

    Resources:



    Eating the Elephant: Leading the Established Church to Growth by Thom S. Rainer





    Annie Armstrong Offering





    Unleashing the Church: Getting People Out of the Fortress and into Ministry by Frank R. Tillapaugh





    3 Circles evangelism tool





     

    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.

    • 22 min
    The Incredible Church Replant Called Linwood Baptist: An Update

    The Incredible Church Replant Called Linwood Baptist: An Update

    In this episode, Thom interviews Mark about his work in the replant of Linwood Baptist Church. You will not want to miss some of the stories and invaluable lessons about replanting or adopting a church.



    What is the background of this replant?





    How did the church get to its near-death state?





    What are some of the greatest successes thus far?





    What are some of the greatest challenges thus far?



     

    Resources:



    Linwood Baptist Church





    The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities That Will Determine the Future of Your Congregation by Thom S. Rainer





    Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches by Mark Clifton





    Churches Helping Churches



     

    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.

    • 26 min
    How Church Leaders Should Handle the Issue of Church Members Not Returning

    How Church Leaders Should Handle the Issue of Church Members Not Returning

    It is a reality for most churches. Many members will not return when the church regathers. Leaders must prepare for that reality. Kevin and Thom discuss how to best approach this issue.



    Be prepared for around 20% not to return.





    Understand that the departure for many of them was already in place before COVID.





    Low expectation churches are partly to blame.





    Establish a prayer ministry focused on those who do not return.





    Don't assume they will never return.



     

    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
    Five Ways to Get More Help When Your Volunteer Base Has Been Decimated by COVID

    Five Ways to Get More Help When Your Volunteer Base Has Been Decimated by COVID

    Church leaders are often shocked to discover many of their most faithful volunteers have not returned to their ministries. Mark and Thom look at five ways to jump-start your church's volunteer ministry base:



    Restart your new members class with the expectation of being involved in ministry.





    Ask for eight-week commitments.





    Ask members who have never done volunteer work in the church.





    Ask guests.





    Do a sermon series on the work of ministry.



     



    Resources:



    * I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference by Thom S. Rainer

    * The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities That Will Determine the Future of Your Congregation by Thom S. Rainer



     







     

    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
    Six Things (Both Good and Bad) the Pandemic Has Done to Replanting and Revitalizing Churches

    Six Things (Both Good and Bad) the Pandemic Has Done to Replanting and Revitalizing Churches

    In this episode, Kevin and Thom provide an updated assessment of how the pandemic has affected revitalization of churches. Enjoy it -- there is some good news in this podcast.



    * Good: Many church leaders have become more focused.

    * Bad: Church leaders are weary, and leading revitalization and replanting has become more exhausting.

    * Good: The members who are returning are typically more committed.

    * Bad: Fewer members are returning.

    * Good: Digital streaming services have reached a new mission field.

    * Bad: Many revitalizing churches are eliminating or minimizing digital streaming services as they return to in-person services.



    Resources:



    The North American Mission Board

    Send Network



     







     

    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

ChrisBoggus ,

Practically helpful and encouraging

Every revitalizing pastor should listen in each week, even if only to feel like others have been are still are in your shoes.

Buffleheads easy ,

An invaluable resource for any pastor.

This is a fantastic podcast for the church revitalizer or for any pastor who is dealing with conflict as your church is undergoing change.

Buggyban barden ,

Wisdom with heart

This podcast offers wisdom for church leaders that clearly comes from a place of love for Christ, the world, and the church. While not pulling punches, it also doesn’t take cheap shots, which is often a difficult line to walk when offering constructive criticism of the church which in so many ways has failed in its covenant to be the Body of Christ for the world. Thank you.

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