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Church splits are often nasty. Trying to pastor a church after a split is heard. Trying to revitalize one after a split is even harder. Today, we offer some tips for revitalization in the wake of a church split.
Today’s Listener Question:
I’ve recently taken a pastorate at a church that went through a nasty split. The previous pastor left and started a church in the area. Things have stabilized somewhat and the church is seeing some signs of revitalization. What are my next steps to walk through the aftermath of the split?
- Church splits are far too common.
- You cannot force others into repentance.
- You don’t go through a church split without there being animosity.
- A unified church has a positive witness.
- Inwardly focused churches tend to fight, complain, have bad business meetings, are bitter, and decline.
- One of the best ways to minister to someone who has been hurt is to get their focus on something else that is positive.
The six keys to revitalization after a split that we discuss are:
- Prayer is foundational, including repentance
- Deal with the anger and hurt
- Be patient, perhaps waiting a season
- Commit to pray for the other church
- Move resources and emotions from inward to outward
- Accept the reality of more departures
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- A Plea for Church Leaders to Say and Do Intentional Evangelism
- 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.