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CHURCH REVITALIZATION

A fundamental Biblical approach to rapidly impact the harvest in our communities is through church revitalization.  Existing churches that make intentional transitions in the DNA of their ministry, position themselves to have greater impact in their communities for the sake of the Gospel.  When this shift occurs, the church experiences renewal and revitalization.  Biblical revitalization is leading a church in a reorientation toward health that restores and sharpens the focus of the ministry.  Whether a church is plateaued, declining or seeking a balanced move to church health…revitalization is the answer.

 

Church leaders should ask themselves these questions as a point of reference, to determine if revitalization is necessary in their church.

  • Has the Sunday morning attendance increased, remained the same or declined in the past five years?  (If the church attendance has declined or remained the same, the church is a prime candidate for revitalization)

 

  • Has the number of salvations and water baptisms increased, remained the same or declined in the past five years?  (If the number of salvations and baptisms have remained the same or declined, the church is a prime candidate for revitalization)

 

  •  Has the financial health of the church increased, remained the same or declined in the past five years?  (If the financial health of the church has remained the same or declined, the church is a prime candidate for revitalization)

 

  • How would the average attendee of your church answer this question:  Does your church have a known path to meaningful spiritual formation?  (If there is no known path by the average attendee, the church is a prime candidate for revitalization)

 

  • How would the average attendee of your church answer this question:  Does your church have an intentional leadership development strategy in place?  Are there clear on ramps to leaderships in your church?  (If there is no known path by the average attendee, the church is a prime candidate for revitalization)

  • Is there a clear strategy to increase the number first-time attenders and follow-up with an intent to lead them to take the next step toward assimilation?  (If there is no clear “next step” in place for a first-time attender, the church is a prime candidate for revitalization)

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There is a fallacy that revitalization is for failing churches that are on life-support.  This could not be further from the truth!  The size of your church is irrelevant.  Revitalization is a process that will assist any church in overcoming the obstacles they are facing and aid them in becoming more impactful for the sake of then gospel of Jesus Christ.  The ambition of the Ohio Church of God Advancement Team is to come alone side of you with encouragement, coaching, tools and a beneficial partnership that will lead you to be the most effective version of yourself in your context!

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The initial step in the process of revitalization is to determine the specific assignment that God has given to the leadership and to the church.  Together, we will identify the strengths and measures that God has deposited into the leadership and into the church body.

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Our team will partner with you to encourage and equip you to navigate your ministry toward vitality in the identified areas of potential growth and health.  You will be connected to a coach who will walk with you on your revitalization journey.

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The goal of this step is to utilize an objective assessment of the DNA, leadership, systems, ministries and vitality of the pastor, key leaders, congregation and volunteers.  Natural Church Development tools, and process will be the focus of revitalization.  Our team will utilize the identified strengths and weaknesses of the current ministry and partner with you to chart a course toward a preferred future.
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When deemed appropriate, the coach will submit an objective progress report to the pastor based on the prior assessment.  The evaluation is based on improvement and progress that was realized during the process.
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There will be ongoing care through the relationship of the pastor and the coach.
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