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5 Common Derailments in Church Revitalization

I’ve been working in and around church revitalization for close to 20 years. The first church where I served as pastor, after entering vocational ministry, was a small, rural church that needed revitalization. I’m currently serving as an interim in another church needing some revitalization.  I have noticed a few things that seem to get in the way of a church making the turn. When these are present it becomes very difficult, in my...

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Housing Dept. unveils $39M Municipal Revitalization Program for P.R. towns

The Puerto Rico Housing Department announced the start of the Municipal Revitalization Program that has allocated $39 million to create a plan that will lead to the development of more resilient communities in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities. Housing Secretary Fernando Gil-Enseñat said “through this program, direct funds will be allocated to all municipalities to develop a recovery plan in response to Hurricanes Irma and María....

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Five Surprising Insights about the Unchurched

They aren’t antagonistic. They welcome a conversation with believers. They aren’t staying out of church for the reasons you may think. They are the unchurched. And because many church leaders and members have such misperceptions about them, churches often fail to reach them, or even attempt to reach them. In one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on the unchurched, LifeWay Research, in partnership with the Billy Graham...

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Four Types of Churches That Will Soon Die

Death is not a topic we enjoy. Death of churches is not a topic I enjoy. You see, I love the local church. I love it despite it’s flaws, sins, and hypocrisies. Jesus loves me despite my flaws, sins, and hypocrisies. But too many churches are dying. And the rate of dying churches is accelerating. I am concerned. Certainly from a biblical perspective, I understand the bride of Christ will be victorious. I understand the gates of hell...

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Why Some Churches Choose to Die

The conversation surprised me. I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived “good old days,” the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support. I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the...

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Four Major Ways Pastors Hinder Church Revitalization

Nine out of ten churches in North America are declining, or they are growing slower than the community in which they are located. Nine out of ten churches need revitalization. Many times the pastor is a major contributor to the failure to revitalize. I really did not like writing those three previous sentences. I don’t want to be a naysayer about local churches. I don’t want to say anything negative about pastors, because I am so...