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Replanting—like all of ministry—is hard work. It’s also hard to recognize success as it comes. Today, we look back on seven reminders for those interested in replanting.
Today’s Listener Question:
I graduate from seminary in the spring and God is calling me to replanting work. What advice would you have for someone looking to become a replanter?
- “God is calling more men and women than ever before to help replant churches.”
- 90% of churches that close are in communities larger than 10,000.
- Church replanting—like any calling in ministry—is hard work.
- “We often overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in a few years.”
- As a replant, you cannot attempt to become a small version of a large church.
The seven observations that we cover in this episode are:
- It is spiritual warfare
- The longer the length of the decline, the longer it takes for the church to turnaround
- Many of the leaders are tired
- Many of the church members have heard before what you are telling them
- Good people will leave
- Everyone says they want change. Not many do
- They want to know if you will be their pastor
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.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.