Church Revitalization

     According to the North American Mission Board, 900 Southern Baptist churrches close annually. A dying church or plateauing church may not have to close its doors. There are some helpful tools on revitilizing a congregation from the Missouri Baptist Convetion here.  Below are some options to "replant" a church from NAMB.net : 

Is your church a candidate for replanting?

With over 900 churches closing their doors annually, it is possible that your church is a candidate for replanting. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you are seeking to discern if your church is in need of replanting:

  • Has your church seen active attendance decline for more than three years?
  • Is your church struggling to pay your bills in a timely manner?
  • Has your church been unable to pay your pastor in the manner in which you think he should be paid?
  • Are you unable to attract young people and young families from your neighborhood/community?
  • Do you feel that your church is somehow disengaged from your community? Would the community notice if your church closed its doors?
  • If your current trends continue in both attendance and giving, do you fear your church will have to close within the next couple of years?

The first step toward revitalization is in doing an honest assessment. Can your church face the leadership challenge required to turn things around? Or, has your church been on a downward trajectory for so long you have lost the critical mass needed to survive? Is it time to start something new?

How can you get involved?

If you think your church is a candidate to benefit from being replanted, we invite you to contact us. You can explore next steps by calling 877-882-4437 or by emailing sendme@namb.net. A trained representative from the North American Mission Board will assist you in getting more information about your next steps, and we will begin praying for you as you take this step of faith.

---This information is copied from http://www.namb.net/church-replanting/replant-your-church