Episode 293: Revitalizing vs Restarting a Dying Church

Your church is dying…Do you revitalize or restart? 

In Episode 293 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss the difference between revitalizing and restarting dying churches. Here’s Doug with today’s question:

I’m a bivocational pastor in Missouri. Last year I started pastoring at a church that was nearly dead. My question revolves around the idea of restarting a church for the sake of the mission. Since being with this congregation, I feel like God has brought some signs of health and renewal but wonder if the mission would better be served if we killed the whole thing and just restarted. 

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The difference between revitalizing and replanting.
  • The importance of a new core team and culture when restarting a church. 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “For most people, revitalization is the answer, but it’s harder.”–
  • “If you’re stuck in a church that’s stuck, stagnant, and dying, it’s probably there because of some choices that it has made.”–
  • “Is God still at work in a way that we can build upon with people that love Christ and are in love with the mission?”–
  • “If you can see where there are insurmountable obstacles but an opportunity for a church plant, look at the possibility of a restart.”–
  • “You don’t start a church with the core group of a dying church.”–
  • “Prayerfully discern if the church can be revitalized.”–@danielsangi

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