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A weekly discussion on church revitalization and replanting featuring Thom Rainer, Jonathan Howe, and Mark Clifton. Revitalize and Replant with Thom Rainer is presented by the North American Mission Board.

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A weekly discussion on church revitalization and replanting featuring Thom Rainer, Jonathan Howe, and Mark Clifton. Revitalize and Replant with Thom Rainer is presented by the North American Mission Board.

    Four Statements That Stop Revitalization Cold in Its Tracks

    Four Statements That Stop Revitalization Cold in Its Tracks

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    The following four statements have the power to stop the important work of revitalization cold in its tracks. Thom and Kevin share stories, and discuss the importance of recognizing these problematic statements and how to address them before it’s too late.



    Highlights:



    * “If only we had more __________."

    * "It's __________ 's fault."

    * "This situation is hopeless."

    * "This is not a good neighborhood for revitalization.



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:











    * Revitalize 2020

    * Revitalize Network Church of the Year Nomination

    * The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail Hardcover by Charlene Li



























    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.

    Submit Your Question:

    Do you have a question about church revitalization or replanting for us to use on the podcast? Visit the podcast page to submit your question. If we use it on the show, you'll get a copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church and Reclaiming Glory.

    • 22 min
    Five Questions to Ask If Your Church Is Experiencing a Financial Shortfall in a Revitalization

    Five Questions to Ask If Your Church Is Experiencing a Financial Shortfall in a Revitalization

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    In today’s Revitalize and Replant bonus episode, we uncover five questions to ask not if, but when your work in church revitalization is experiencing a financial shortfall. 



    Highlights:



    Have we listened to wise counsel outside the church?

    Are there indications the shortfall is seasonal or systemic?

    Do we need to do everything we are doing?

    Are our personnel and commensurate costs aligned with our mission and needs?

    Do we need to be adopted?



    Other Highlights:



    Don’t be afraid to have an entity from the outside evaluate your systems and provide wisdom.

    Financial shortfalls are often a systemic problem in church revitalization.

    Many churches are still paying for staff positions they needed 20 years ago but no longer need today.

    Don’t only ask if we need to do what we are currently doing. Also ask if there are things we should be doing that we aren’t currently. 



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:











    * Revitalize 2020

    * Church of the Year Nomination

    * Revitalize Network

    * Envelope 3

    * Church Replanters



























    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.

    Submit Your Question:

    Do you have a question about church revitalization or replanting for us to use on the podcast? Visit the podcast page to submit your question. If we use it on the show, you'll get a copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church and Reclaiming Glory.

    • 23 min
    Five Reasons God May Be Calling You to Church Revitalization

    Five Reasons God May Be Calling You to Church Revitalization

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    Have you ever wondered if God may be calling you to church revitalization. In this bonus episode of Revitalize and Replant, Thom and Kevin discuss five signs God wants to use you for this important work.



    Highlights:



    * You want your life to be used by God. 

    * The need is great. 

    * You have the willingness to invest yourself in a congregation. 

    * You have a willingness to invest yourself in a community. 

    * Your family has a supportive vision for this mission field.



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:











    * Revitalize 2020

    * Church of the Year Nomination

    * Revitalize Network



























    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.

    Submit Your Question:

    Do you have a question about church revitalization or replanting for us to use on the podcast? Visit the podcast page to submit your question. If we use it on the show, you'll get a copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church and Reclaiming Glory.

    • 23 min
    Five Incredibly Positive Signs about Church Revitalization in the Past Three Years – Revitalize and Replant #128

    Five Incredibly Positive Signs about Church Revitalization in the Past Three Years – Revitalize and Replant #128

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    New leaders are excited for the challenge and organizations and seminaries have created focused programs and provide much needed support. Mark and Thom discuss these trends and other positive signs taking place within church revitalization.



    Highlights:



    * The issue of awareness is huge (The "A" of the ABC Factor from Breakout Churches.)

    * There is no longer a shame factor associated with revitalization

    * Revitalization is attracting a whole new generation of leaders.

    * Revitalization is becoming a key part of the ministries of seminaries and other Christian organizations.

    * We are seeing more stories of "revitalize heroes."



    Other Highlights:



    There is increased awareness to the reality of the problem within churches in need of revitalization.

    There is no shame in asking for help when you know there is a need for revitalization.

    God is raising up a whole generation of young leaders who care deeply about a declining and dying Church. 

    With the creation of new organizations supporting church revitalization, we are witnessing a parallel between church revitalization and church planting networks of the 1980’s.

    The older generation needs to see their roles as encouragers and those who help onramp the next generation of leaders. 



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:











    * Breakout Churches: Discover How to Make the Leap

    * Church Answers

    * Revitalize Network

    * Hero Church - Cornerstone Bible Church, Long Island, NY



























    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 a href="http://ChurchReplanters.

    • 22 min
    Why Churches Must Work Together in Revitalization – Revitalize and Replant #127

    Why Churches Must Work Together in Revitalization – Revitalize and Replant #127

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    Revitalization is not just a small church issue. Between 65%-90% of churches in North America are in need of revitalization. The work of church revitalization must be a group effort. Thom and Kevin share their perspectives regarding this absolute need for cooperation. 



    Highlights:



    Revitalization is needed at most churches. We cannot do this task alone.

    Leaders need to know they are not alone.

    Leaders need to celebrate together.

    Leaders need to learn and find resources together.



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:











    * Church Answers

    * Revitalize 2020

    * Church of the Year Nominations

    * Anatomy of a Revived Church - Thom S. Rainer

    * NAMB Resources

    * Revitalize Bundle



























    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.

    Submit Your Question:

    Do you have a question about church revitalization or replanting for us to use on the podcast? Visit the podcast page to submit your question. If we use it on the show, you'll get a copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church and Reclaiming Glory.

    • 20 min
    Six Ways Comparisons Hurt Church Revitalization – Revitalize and Replant Episode #126

    Six Ways Comparisons Hurt Church Revitalization – Revitalize and Replant Episode #126

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    Comparison is an easy trap to fall into. It is tempting to look at a “more successful” church and wish we had a different situation. But as Thom and Mark peel back the onion we discover six ways comparison hurts church revitalization.



    Highlights:



    * Comparison creates dissatisfaction among members with the pastors and staff

    * Pastors and church staff can have the “green grass” syndrome when they compare their churches and its members with some other church.

    * Comparisons create unhealthy expectations.

    * When we compare, we become consumer-members instead of serving members.

    * Comparing creates a culture of criticism.

    * When we compare, we don’t take time to “look in the mirror.”



















    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.

    Submit Your Question:

    Do you have a question about church revitalization or replanting for us to use on the podcast? Visit the podcast page to submit your question. If we use it on the show, you'll get a copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church and Reclaiming Glory.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

Darth Corey ,

So Glad to Find This Podcast

We’ve read I Am a Church Member and Becoming a Welcoming Church at our Wednesday night Bible Study time, and it sure sounds like we need to read Anatomy of a Revived Church next. Please send me a copy so I can review it and make my plans to order a box! —Pastor Corey Beatty, Drennon Christian Church (KY)

Stihladdict44 ,

Helpful Insights

This has been so helpful to me! The insights and suggestions are right where I am at in the church God has placed me at! Thank you so much!

Lpmann3 ,

Thanks for the Podcast

I'm grateful for the podcast. The timing of hearing Episode 113 was helpful. Sometimes the work feels overwhelming and I know apart from God's help I'm not up for the task, but I'm grateful for resources like this to help us out. I'd love to get my hands on the book when it comes out!

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