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  • Culture Change: There Are No Shortcuts in Student Ministry

    One of the best things I have come to realize about being a Student Pastor is that at any point, any season, and for any reason I feel called to act, I can completely change what I do not like about the Student Ministry I am leading. I can stop doing the monotonous, the uncreative, the “this is what we do” mentality, and completely change what does not make us great. I am not sure if you know this, but you can too!

  • Six Paradigm or Model Shifts for Church Revitalization

    There are Seven Paradigm or Model Shifts for Church Revitalization that addresses the current crises of leader quantity and quality:1. A new goal of sustainable critical mass.Traditionally, within the local church, our primary goal has been the ability to preach and maintain the traditions of the particular church. Keep us at or near our capacity and things will go well.

  • Three Features of Every Achieving Church Revitalization Staff

    Like many successful sports teams good church revitalization teams have the same features. Take a look at the three characteristics that will help you build a strong church revitalization team.They display the ability to stick together as a cohesive element.These revitalization teams are able to stick it through without turning against one another. Their egos are in check and they are all willing to work together towards the great cause of revitalizing of a dying church.

  • Revitalize You!

    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” Acts1:8.It is extremely important, to understand that God gives us power not for our personal edification or aggrandizement, but specifically for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. God does not just give us a loaded shotgun to sit on the front porches of our hillbilly homes and watch the world go ...

  • Nine ways successful church revitalizers are more efficient in ministry

    In an increasingly fast and changing world of business, strategies and practices of effective people are always under a microscope. Their habits are examined and shared in hopes of setting standards and pushing people to exceed standards already in place. There are nine efficiency habits that seem to really be present in the most successful people.

  • Boldness and Risk Taking

    It is hard to see a church renewed and revitalized without being bold and actually taking risks that can build a sweat on the coolest of pastors. Church health is tied in with wisdom, boldness and risk taking. The apostles in Acts were bold and took risks.

  • Maintaining Relevance for Church Revitalization and Renewal

       Relevancy is a big topic these days when it comes to the rapidly declining church and what can be done about the plateau or decline. Would you classify your particular church that you have been called to lead appropriately relevant any longer? I would like for us to reflect upon the idea of local churches relevance towards the community it serves in this article.

  • Is Your Marriage Revitalized?

    The work of the ministry is tough, and the work of revitalization is even tougher. The ministry is not for the faint of heart, and requires inner strength, personal diligence, and godly character. Perhaps this is why God created teams called marriage.

  • Kicking It up a notch: Why Boldness is Necessary in Revitalization

    Kicking It up a notch: Why Boldness is Necessary in RevitalizationAs I wrote in my book, SPIN-OFF Churches (B&H Pub), we are living in a Starbucks culture while changing from a Folgers world!Today what used to pass as an acceptable cup of coffee at McDonalds, has been greatly altered by the rise of bold coffee from new coffee houses like Starbucks and others. Even McDonalds has had to step up in their own coffee offerings.Bold coffee is trumping mild coffee all over the land in sales and var...

  • Characteristics of the Mister Rodger’s Type Worship Service

    The Mister Roger’s type of mild monotone worship is killing us! Question: Is your worship service more like a Mister Roger’s program or an energetically charged Toby Mac concert? How can you tell for sure?Here are some characteristics of the Mister Rodger’s worship service:Quiet in its demeanorSoft mild mannered in what is does weakly!

  • Preaching with Boldness

    Once upon a time a pastor stepped into the pulpit of the church he had served for the last ten months and preached against the sins of pride and lukewarm-ness. He noted how people in the community described his church in those terms and loudly proclaimed, “I want to see those things kicked out of our church!” No one said, “Amen.” A few men cleared their throats. A couple of women quit looking at the preacher.

  • Intentional Prayer for Intentional Boldness

    Last month, I went to a Lifeway Christian Bookstore because I needed to pick up a few things that you can’t find at your local Wal-Mart. I enjoy walking through the bookstore, looking for the next gospel gimmick for the church I pastor, or picking up a book on the latest trend in preaching. But the one thing I needed most, I couldn’t find at the local Lifeway or Family Christian Store or on amazon.com.

  • The DISC Assessment Tool With A Biblical Perspective

    Renovate Resources now offers a new assessment tool to help churches in the revitalization process. The DISC profile with a Biblical perspective is now available to churches. This tool can be used by church staff and leadership teams to assess the leadership diversity of the church.

  • Pastors, are You Providing Leadership Touchdowns?

    “What do you mean provide leadership? I’m a pastor; of course that’s what I do.”I agree… to say we as pastors must provide leadership doesn’t sound like an “aha” moment. But it can be.

  • Intentional Prayer for Intentional Boldness

    Last month, I went to a Lifeway Christian Bookstore because I needed to pick up a few things that you can’t find at your local Wal-Mart. I enjoy walking through the bookstore, looking for the next gospel gimmick for the church I pastor, or picking up a book on the latest trend in preaching. But the one thing I needed most, I couldn’t find at the local Lifeway or Family Christian Store or on amazon.com.

  • Do You Have the Guts to Take On a Fixer Upper?

    My wife and I love to watch HGTV and The History Channel. One night a week we rush to the basement to watch Chip and Joanna Gaines from Waco, TX on Fixer Upper. Their catch phrase/question, at the beginning of each episode, is the title of this article.

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  • Key Church Revitalization and Renewal Definitions

    While the field of church revitalization and renewal is ever expanding, along with key definitions relating to this field, here are some of the key fundamental definitions relating to the field of study:Absence of the Serendipitous Moment: The more a church is under stress the less it feels God’s presence! Do not hear me say that God abandons stuck churches, rather I believe the whirlwind, earthquake and conflagration of a church in turmoil makes it all the more difficult to perceive the still s...

  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part VII

    What Kind of Church is a Good Candidate for a Revitalization Using the Restart Strategy?There are some churches with a better chance of living again through a restart.  Five types are most often found:*The Church has no debt and few bills*The Church still in in a strategic location for a work*The Church if it is not the first two you might want to sell property and use the money through the local association to fund a new church plant.*The Church if it sells the building you might offer it ...

  • Video: The Nuts and Bolts of Church Revitalization and Renewal

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  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part VI

    Principles for Considering a Church Revitalization Restart StrategyIf you are ready to consider the church revitalization restart strategy there are several principles that should be considered. While leading church revitalization efforts all across North America for the RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference I have had the opportunity to work with many who look at the restart strategy as their last and only hope. This is a strategy that works and is effective if the present church c...

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    Renovate is now a website provider offering churches and ministries unlimited websites for only $29 per month. Now you can upgrade your website to unlimited storage, unlimited podcasts, unlimited blogs, unlimited pages, unlimited users and much more. Our websites are easy to use and ready to go right out of the box with no set-up fee.

  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part V

    Some Restart StoriesA Coastal Savannah ChurchA Church in the coastal area of Savannah had dwindled to just a handful of members. They finally decided to die, deeding their property over to the local association and relinquishing control of the church to a revitalization restart steering committee which included members of other churches, pastors, and state denomination leaders. Since the restart steering committee called a church planter as the restart pastor two years ago, the church has grown ...

  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part IV

    What Does Church Revitalization Mean?Every place I go people ask me for a definition of church revitalization. Here is one I have used for at least the last ten years:Church Revitalization is a movement within protestant evangelicalism, which emphasizes the missional work of turning a plateau or rapidly declining church around and moving it back towards growth. It is lead through a Church Revitalization Initiative, which is when a local church begins to work on the renewal of the church with a c...

  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part III

    Ten Reasons Churches are Challenged When Making the Necessary ChangesThere is a guide to stop the slide and it is found in the Bible. This material is about helping those ninety plus percent of churches that are in need of church revitalization and renewal. When a church has allowed a deep state of slumber to creep into the work and ministry of the local church it is challenging to make the necessary changes necessary for revitalization.

  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part II

    Not Every Church is a Candidate for a RestartInterestingly, many laymen often ask me if I think that their church could be a candidate for a restart. Usually they share of the need for their church to be revitalized.   A series of questions frequently follows of which I will answer each and every single one of them.

  • When a Church Restart Strategy is Your Only HOPE in Church Revitalization Part I

    The restart based church revitalization model is being used all across North America.  Any group planting churches or working in the area of church revitalization should have a restart strategy if it is going to be a wise steward.  I never sought to write a step-by-step process for doing a church restart.

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  • Revitalization of the M.E.A.N. Church

    Dr. Tom Cheyney just completed a three-part series on Revitalization of the M.E.A.N. Church.

  • What Does Church Revitalization Mean?

    Every place I go people ask me for a definition of church revitalization. Church Revitalization is a movement within protestant evangelicalism, which emphasizes the missional work of turning a plateau or rapidly declining church around and moving it back towards growth. It is lead through a Church Revitalization Initiative, which is when a local church begins to work on the renewal of the church with a concerted effort to see the ministry revitalized and the church become healthy.

  • Peak Performance Principles for Church Revitalizers

    Philippians 1-4  The engine fired loud and continuous into my hands as I clutched the tiny roadster for the very first time.  Power was at my fingertips that spoke of the unnatural performance that was lying just a few feet away under the cherry red-scooped hood.   Was this going to be short-lived excitement of passing days of youthful exuberance?

  • Paving the Church Plants' Pitfalls and Potholes

    Principles for Peek Performance Planters I want to share three dynamic principles that if they are in your plant, they will provide pavement for the potholes. You will never cover all of them, but you don’t have to be disrupted by them. Principle #1 - It Is Never Too Late to Start Over Again!

  • Renovate Blog is now Renovate Central!

      Congratulations to Gerald Brown - winner of the Renovate Rename Our Blog Contest!  The Renovate Team choose Gerald's submission for the new name of the Renovate blog. The blog is now called Renovate Central. Gerald wins a Kindle Fire HD.

  • Five Things to be relinquished in Church Revitalization Part IV

    5. Control Where the first item dealt with the one who is in charge as in a single leader, this last item focuses on who will come alongside the leader and help him grow the church. New blood needs to be infused into the revitalizing church!

  • Five Things to be relinquished in Church Revitalization Part III

    3. Charter (Constitution stuff) The churches charter (legal constitution & bylaws stuff) is another area that is hard for the existing church to let go of. Though it is not a document that is utilized daily there is still much difficulty for long time members to see the need to examine the documents and perhaps adjust items should there be a need.

  • !Renovate en Español!

    Renovate National Church Revitalization Conference Launches Renovate en Español! The Renovate National Church Revitalization Conference is delighted to announce the launch of a new strategic partnership with Dr. David Raul Lema to begin developing church revitalization materials for the Hispanic community.

  • Pastor's Wives Luncheon at Renovate 2015

    Renovate is pleased to once again offer a luncheon for Pastors' Wives on Tuesday, November 3rd. .  The luncheon will take place immediately after the Main Morning Session ends, and will be located in the Boatwright Center on Aloma Church campus.  It is our desire to offer encouragement and support to all the Pastors' wives (both Lead and Supporting Staff) that are attending the conference with their husbands.  Ladies, please join u...

  • Five Things to be relinquished in Church Revitalization Part II

    1. Who is in Charge The call for revitalization often begins with the first item that needs to be relinquished within the church and that is who is leading the revitalization effort! Most if not all, successful revitalization efforts are lead by a single solitary leader directing the cause.

  • Five Things to be relinquished in Church Revitalization Part I

    When you begin working in the area of church revitalization and renewal there will be at least three to five things depending on how your church is structured and the polity it works within, that will need to be surrendered by most participants if your church has a chance of revitalization and renewal.   Think 'bout it! Notice I said a chance!

  • Maintaining Relevance for Church Revitalization and Renewal Part III

    If church is to be relevant than we must be willing to do our part to make it relevant. One of the problems we have as Christians is that we expect the church to awaken us, to get us excited about Jesus, and to motivate us to a new way of life. Well the truth is our faith does not work that way.

  • Maintaining Relevance for Church Revitalization and Renewal Part II

    R – Relational We live in a world where people need relationships that are cultivated and sustained. The church is a social, relational organization. A relevant church needs structures to assist in developing and strengthening relationships.

  • Maintaining Relevance for Church Revitalization and Renewal Part I

    Relevancy is a big topic these days when it comes to the rapidly declining church and what can be done about the plateau or decline. Would you classify your particular church that you have been called to lead appropriately relevant any longer? I would like for us to reflect upon the idea of local churches relevance towards the community it serves in this article.

  • Recreating The Mindset of the Remaining Members in the Renewing Church.

    Changing the mindset of the residual membership can often be very difficult. Senior adults occupy most of these restart candidate churches for which change is often hard to come by. Until the church is ready to make drastic changes, it is useless to become involved.

  • The Critical Commitments of a Church Revitalizer

    Every church revitalizer must have a certain set of core commitments if he is to succeed in the work of church revitalization and renewal. If these focused four commitments are kept as a primary emphasis on the one who is called to revitalize the church, there is a greater chance that renewal or revitalization can be achieved. These four focused commitments are: 1.

  • Priority of Prayer for Church Revitalization and Renewal

    Prayer is foundational to the renewal of a dying church. It is useful to develop an understanding of the priority of prayer. Remember it is the Lord who builds His church and it is the basic element in the revitalization of a declining church.

  • “Get-er Done” Motivators for Church Revitalizers

      If you are successful as a Church Revitalizer, you will win false friends and true enemies. Strive for success no matter. The service you render today will be forgotten tomorrow.

  • Making “IT” worth It!

    Here is a quick lesson for any Church Revitalizer about making it all worth it for you, your church, and your community as you build value. Your Vision Must Be Compelling You cannot build value for church members, prospects, volunteers, lay leadership, or the community without a compelling vision and values for your new church. Become a Significant Leader in Your Community You build value by becoming the leader in your community, the church that everybody wants to attend, work for, grow from, or...

  • Innovation or Renovation?

      What we need in our churches today is not simply renovation of the old but innovation of something completely new. The whole ministry philosophy and ministry stricture has to be completely reshaped for the church to survive in the future! Churches rarely renew or revitalize themselves in significant ways unless they come to a point in time where the pain of supporting the status quo is greater than the pain of making changes and then they almost never voluntarily shift to an entirely new ...

  • Formula for Developing Critical Mass

    Everyone wants to see some sort of growth come back to their dying church. Many a church revitalization effort has been hurt due to the leadership within the church, both lay and clergy, waiting too long before they addressed the issue of critical mass. Critical Mass is that size of any church where it has enough members actively working and participating in the weekly work of ministry growth.

  • Evangelism Approaches in Small Church Revitalization Efforts

    It might be said that one reason God “comes” to us for our own salvation is to “send” us on a mission to be instruments of divine grace in the lives of others. The approach of evangelism in small declining church revitalization efforts needs to be: Person Centered! Small church approaches to evangelism need to be person centered.

  • Elements Most Critical for a Church to Turn Around!

    There are elements and ingredients, which are essential to the turning around of any church. This list can appear to be endless, since each situation is to some degree unique and unlike even a neighbor’s church. What bind these elements all together is the presence of the Holy Spirit and an openness of the people to the working of God's Spirit.

  • Debunking the Excuses for Procrastinating in Revitalization

    When I was in high school, I had come to realize I was settling into an outstanding pattern of procrastination. Often I would put off an assignment only to find my self slammed the few days before it was due because of other assignments and commitments! By the time I got into my second year of college I had outgrown my procrastinating posture.

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    Eighteen Ways to Keep Your Church from Advancing in Church Renewal Part Two

    There are all types of seminars informing us how to grow a new church. There are a very few designed to assist the church in the area of revitalization and renewal. Often, we attend general feel good conferences hoping that something that is shared will help our churches!

  • Eighteen Ways to Keep Your Church from Advancing in Church Renewal Part One

    There are all types of seminars informing us how to grow a new church. There are a very few designed to assist the church in the area of revitalization and renewal. Often, we attend general feel good conferences hoping that something that is shared will help our churches!

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part VIII

    Restarting or Repotting The final Pillar of Church Revitalization is the hardest and often only happens once the churches patriarchs and matriarchs have tried everything else they could think of to grow the church with no success! The challenge here is that most churches wait to long to enter into this area of revitalization and by the time they are willing to utilize this strategy they have sucked out all of the life within the church and it is no longer a viable candidate for this effort. When...

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part VII

    Restoration This sixth area of Church Revitalization deals with things a church and a minister must go through when circumstances necessitate that a restoration process is called for! Things such as: Gaining a new and fresh understanding of the new prospect for the church is vital if success is in the churches future. Inspiring new prospects with a vision that is both compelling and motivational.

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part VI

    Reinvention This fifth pillar of Church Revitalization deals with tools and techniques necessary to assist the church when it is necessary to reinvent itself to a changing community. When a church experiences a shift in the community makeup, often there will be to various degrees the need to redevelop a new experience for those who make up the new context! New experiences must replace old experiences.

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part V

    Renewing Church Renewal is the forth pillar of the seven pillars of Church Revitalization process. Often the church simply needs to get back to that which was working and get back on track. When that is needed a careful renewal strategy needs to be planned and carried out.

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part IV

    Re-visioning A little bit harder certainly but not as hard as the descending order of decline that will eventually lead to the Restarting pillar of revitalization! Have you ever seen a church that once was alive and vital begin to lose its focus and drive for the cause of Christ? That is a church that needs to work on its Re-visioning strategy!

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part III

    Refocusing Refocusing is the second pillar and it helps churches that are growing but still need to set new challenges and look for new opportunities to expand their gospel witness into their target area. Questions such as what is your biblical purpose and why do we exist, as a congregation must be addressed. Looking at how God showed up in the past is a good way to get the church unstuck by addressing where it has been, how God has worked and what does He have for its future.

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part II

    Revitalization Perhaps the easiest pillar to address, some observers of church revitalization and renewal argue that the era of small churches is over and that the future belongs to the arising mega churches across North America. Granted mega is an amazing phenomenon of the past thirty years which seems to have arisen with the concept of the massive campus church. But to ignore the 340,000 plus churches in North America that average less than 100 weekly in church attendance would be ill advised!...

  • The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal Part I

    Our Lord loves the local New Testament Church and it is His desire to see it grow! The need for Church Revitalization has never been greater in North America! An estimated 340,000 Protestant churches in America have an average attendance of less than 100 hundred.[i] Research data tells us that in the United States more than 80% of the churches have plateaued or are declining.[ii] Each and every week we are currently seeing somewhere between fifty and seventy-five local churches closing their doo...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part IX

    Number Nine – Passivity, Indifference, Apathy and Church Burnout Ministers can become burned out and churches can find themselves that way also. Passivity within a church is hard to eliminate and reawaken a sleeping congregation. Indifference within the fellowship allows for the few to dominate and the rest to stagnate.

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part VIII

    Number Eight – Control Factions within the Church “Not in my Church!” the elder might say. “We have been doing it this way for forty years now and I see no reason the stop doing it the way we have always done it” another might say. Another component that often encumbers the process of church revitalization and renewal is when power cravers and power consumers begin to operate within the church.

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part VII

    Number Seven – Fear towards Change and Displaying Risk Paralysis New churches love taking risks because they are new and everything is a risk! You do not launch a church from nothing unless you are a risk taker. Yet young churches that have been around for periods longer than twelve years have often become entrenched a little.

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part VI

    In most churches in need of church revitalization or one of the other Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization there are some elements, ingredients, or instruments that become components that are either already encumbering or will eventually impede the churches efforts to revitalize its ministry.  Once a church becomes burdened with the need to begin its renewal efforts a careful look at some of the possible components that encumber most churches would be helpful! Think 'bout it!

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part V

    Number Five – An “Us-es versus Them-ins” Attitude Matriarchs and Patriarchs in churches easily can fall into an “Us-es versus Them-ins” type of attitude. As a Patriarch you have guided and actively participated in the various functions of the church. As a Matriarch you have similarly invested in the life of the church usually by following the stronger desires of those serving as active patriarchs.

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part IV

    Number Four - A Church Closed to “Outsiders” and Visitors If you have ever visited a church where you knew from the first moment you entered the facility that you were an outsider and were less than welcome, you know what I mean by this phrase! Many churches have never been taught how to be a visitor friendly church and the result is that most visitors feel a sense of coldness and anything but welcomed when they visit these churches. You take a church that desperately needs to be revitalized or ...

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part III

    Number Three - Pastors Who Do Not Know How to Lead   Closely interrelated to number two above is when a pastor refuses to lead the church towards church renewal. While I would be the first to offer that merely becoming a better leader will not revitalize your church, it does take a leader who knows how to lead to become a church revitalizer. If the leader is unwilling to lead in the churches revitalization efforts perhaps it is time to get a new leader!

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part II

    Number Two - A Church Membership Unwilling to Work Hard! If you are going to begin the task of church revitalization there is a large commitment that must be made to the work required. I tell most, if not all, of my churches I consult with, that if they are not willing to work hard and commit a minimum of at least one thousand days then they should not try to turn around their church!

  • Components that Encumber Church Revitalization Part I

    In most churches in need of church revitalization or one of the other Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization there are some elements, ingredients, or instruments that become components that are either already encumbering or will eventually impede the churches efforts to revitalize its ministry. Once a church becomes burdened with the need to begin its renewal efforts a careful look at some of the possible components that encumber most churches would be helpful! Think about it!

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal! Part VI

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things which will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years ag...

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal Part V

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things which will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years ag...

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal Part IV

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things which will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years ag...

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal Part III

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things which will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years ag...

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal Part II

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things which will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years ag...

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal Part 1

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things, which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things that will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones, which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years a...

  • The Nasty Punches That Come Your Way in Church Revitalization and Renewal

    I have been working in the field of church revitalization and renewal for almost twenty years now and I wanted to share in this edition of the Church Revitalizer blog about some of the nasty things which happen to the leader of a church’s renewal effort. Wise Church Revitalizers, while not liking some of the things which will come their way, should be ready for some of the big ones which often precede the turnaround of a plateaued church. It was John Maxwell, which taught me some thirty years ag...

  • Eighteen Ways to Keep Your Church from Advancing in Church Renewal

    There are all types of seminars informing us how to grow a new church. There are a very few designed to assist the church in the area of revitalization and renewal. Often, we attend general feel good conferences hoping that something that is shared will help our churches!

  • Are You Discipling in Groups Yet?

    Robby Gallaty, Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee says there are five reasons it is better to disciple in groups. The gospels record Jesus ministering in 5 group sizes: the crowd (multitudes), the committed (the 72 in Luke 10), the cell (the twelve disciples), the core (Peter, James, and John), and the close-up encounters (one-on-one). Making disciples cannot be restricted to a particular group meeting; however, a regular gathering time is practically necessary for accou...

  • Common Misconceptions of Discipleship

    There are often various misconceptions of discipleship. Discipleship takes place when people attend church programs. In fact, much good teaching can take place during church, but it is often too general and not targeted to the special needs of a new Christian.

  • Guest Blog: Welcome to the Passive Aggressive Church

         A significant issue that the contemporary church experiences today is a passive aggressive tendency in dealing with conflict. The NYU Medical Center defines a passive aggressive individual as someone who “may appear to comply or act appropriately, but actually behaves negatively and passively resists.” Passive aggressive people are generally unreasonable, are difficult to correct because they rarely express their hostility directly, and they repeat their behavior over time.[1...

  • Helping Church Goers Become Holy Not Happy!

    The implicit goal of leadership is not in keeping people happy, but helping them become holy. Help people to explore the faith, discover God’s love, and keep growing at living out and applying their faith. Strategic leadership directs people to get involved in systematic theological growth, personal disciplines, strong Christology, and biblical priorities.

  • Measuring What Really Matters in Disciple Making!

    In this month’s edition of the Church Revitalizer blog, I want to pose this question “How Do You Gauge If Your Church Members are Getting Stronger Spiritually?” As we discuss the importance of disciple making and disciple making groups, it is vital that we measure what really matters. There is a raising gap between what Americans say they believe and what they do. Within the local church the same can be said of believers.

  • New groups do not launch themselves, it takes a catalyst!

    There is power in new! The reality is that new groups connect more people than existing groups. Because everyone in the group is new, a new group makes it easier for newcomers to connect than existing groups.

  • Who Are You Coaching For Tomorrow?

    It is so important in the day in which we are ministering that we discover our next Timothy’s and begin coaching them for reaching an up and coming generation. Where are the mentors for this upcoming generation? Men and women who have been called into vocational ministry almost equivalently point to certain individuals who helped them hear and interpret that call of God on their lives.

  • Why Many Churches Just Might Treat Their Next Pastor Better

    It is interesting in an era where church planting is so incredibly popular and ministers are choosing to plant a church over pastoring an existing church that we church members do not strive to treat our current pastor better! This is not an article on compensation, but on compassion and caring of the one who feeds the flock and why it is becoming increasingly difficult to discover a pastor once your church has had a pastor leave. In the coming years there will be a growing challenge of a declin...

  • Why the Preacher Population is in a State of Decline

    Why is the preacher population dwindling and what can we as associations do about it? Initially might I say that the decreasing preacher population has perhaps more to do with individual wiring of called ministers today. During the formative years of my individual calling once the Lord had shown Himself clear, there was a spirit of daring and an undeniable sense of God’s hand on ones life from the initial moment of the call through out the very present day in which I am serving.

  • Setting Your Own Church Revitalization Schedules

    Church revitalization experts and local associations or networks are influencing churches all over the western hemisphere with the great challenge of church revitalization and renewal. What should you and your church do to set its own agenda for church revitalization? Discover and study all you can from church revitalization leaders and their blogs, tweets, posts, websites, and publications.

  • Answering the Tough Church Questions the Older Generations are Reluctant to Answer

    The Bible declares in 1 Peter 2:9 as Christians: “We (you) are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” [1] Thom Rainer says, “The Millennial generation of young people are not seeking to be adversarial; they are simply asking tough questions those of us in older ...

  • Bringing the Younger Generations Back to the Son!

    Bringing the younger generations back towards the Son is not an easy task. Perhaps the four most pointed words describing the younger Y generation is that they are a generation often overwhelmed, over connected, over protected, and over served. These young individuals often feel stressed out from both internal and external surroundings.

  • Practical Advice for the Multiple Generations of Ministers

    While much of the last few editions of The Church Revitalizer blog has been focused on volunteers within our churches, a word needs to be offered for the clergy both young and old. Remember the scripture: Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me (Psalm 71:18).

  • Reaching the Fastest Growing Generation and Connecting Them to Your Church

    I have been considering the huge challenges we face as ministers and as local church leaders in reaching out to the multiple generations connecting to and needing to connect to the church. Some final thoughts for reaching the younger Y Generation might be helpful to consider. By 2025, 76 million Baby Boomers will be in retirement according to the U.S.

  • Guest Blog: STEPPING UP: A Call to Courageous Manhood!

    Our Guest Blogger for this month is Chris Randazzo, a 28-year Cru staff who works in their FamilyLife ministry. Chris and his family have lived in the Central Florida area for 15 years. His heart is to help provide resources for Pastors to strengthen the marriages and families of our congregations, knowing that strong families make for strong Churches.

  • Understanding the Generational Differences in Your Church

    Even in the local church, just like the work place there are generational differences. What each generation’s value is a good sign for the local church seeking to remain focused on reaching generation after generation with the gospel message. Please observe the following chart, which delineates the differences between the Veterans (Builders) Boomers, Millennial and Y generations.

  • Understanding the Under Thirty and Over Forty Group Within Your Church

    Have you ever stopped to consider what makes the under thirty group in your church the way that they are? This is not an effort to blame any given institution yet the elementary school structure changed how teachers taught and rewarded for accomplishment. Teachers praised students not just when a task was completed, but along the way to the eventual goal.

  • Why Do So Many Disengage from Our Worship Formats Today

    Why do so many worshippers disengage from our worship formats as they are practiced today? If you speak to various generations of church worshippers today it will not take long to discover that there is a challenge before the local church in seeking to keep the generations engaged while in worship. Those gifted with great singers, an incredible band or orchestra, powerful worship leaders and an awesome preacher still feel challenged with what it takes to bring the various generations to a point ...

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