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Excuses can kill a revitalization effort. Today, we cover seven of the most common excuses you will likely hear in a revitalization and how to combat them.
Today’s Listener Question:
Excuses are about all I hear in my pastorate. Everyone seems ready to blame everything else for anything that goes wrong. I try not to join in and make excuses, but sometimes fall into the trap. What are some of the most frequent excuses you hear in church replanting and revitalization?
- No matter where you live, there are unreached people around your church who need the gospel.
- One sign that a church is dying is when a church resents the community in which it’s located.
- Your church is where it is to bless its community. Your church’s address is not an accident.
- People, resources, and money will gravitate toward gospel activity.
The seven deadly excuses we cover are:
- “There are not enough people to reach in our community.”
- “The people in the community are not like us.”
- “We don’t have enough money.”
- “We can’t compete with the bigger churches.”
- “We would be fine if we returned to 1985.”
- “We don’t have enough young people in our church.”
- “No one will come to our run-down facilities.”
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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