Church revitalization has been around for a few years now, and many things have been written or spoken about it. Still, many do not like the term, "revitalization." The definition of the word means “to give new life to; to give new vitality or vigor to." However, many do not like this terminology when addressing the current status of their church.
Leaders on the subject say that church revitalization is a process by which a church is redirected toward a healthy and sustained purpose. It is also defined as a church that can return to life, return to vitality, or return to health.
There is a significant number of churches within our state that have plateaued or are declining. The size of the church doesn’t necessarily matter, but what does matter, is whether or not the church is moving forward. Is there new life in the church? Are the leaders taking a serious look at their current condition?
Therefore, let’s call it what it is. If a church needs assistance moving forward or refocusing, then it’s “revitalization." Ask these questions:
- When was the last time we had first time visitors return?
- What do your baptism numbers look like over the last five years?
- Have you started any new Sunday School classes or small groups?
You can see where I’m headed with this. If we are honest with ourselves, we all need a push now and then.
Reviving the church comes in several forms: “revitalization, replanting, restarting, relaunching, or reclaiming.” What is important is that we need to be serving the Lord’s churches and assisting them to exalt Christ, proclaim the gospel to the lost, preserve the Word, and express God’s love to the community.
Remember the state convention is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call Steve Hopkins (614) 601-6820 or Dwayne Lee (614) 601-6824 for more information.
What is important is that we need to be serving the Lord’s churches and assisting them to exalt Christ, proclaim the gospel to the lost, preserve the Word, and express God’s love to the community.
For more videos from the REACH Ohio revitalization initiative go to scbo.org/mystory
Dwayne Lee facilitating revitalization event at Highland Avenue Baptist - Pastor Tony Harris