With so many churches experiencing decline or stagnation, efforts in church revitalization are on the rise. I have talked with many pastors who want to see their churches revitalized, but are not sure where to focus their efforts. The truth is that church revitalization must be an entire church effort. If the pastor is passionate about, but the rest of the membership isn’t, it won’t happen. But, for those churches who are serious about revitalization, here are 5 areas of focus that can help.
1- Focus on Your Purpose
What is it that God has called you to do? What is your church’s specific purpose? Why does your church exist? Many times churches that are experiencing decline have lost sight of their purpose. They are not talking about it and they are not actively pursuing it. Therefore, they are not accomplishing it.
To experience church revitalization there must be a refocus onto your God-given purpose.
2- Focus on Being Intentional
Accomplishing your church’s mission will not happen accidentally. If your church has been in a state of decline, you must be intentional about refocusing your church. If you do what you’ve been doing you will get what you’ve been getting.
To experience church revitalization your church must operate intentionally.
3- Focus on the Community
Oftentimes, the churches which are declining also have a very inward focus. They only think about how decisions will affect their members, they are resistant to change, and fail to see the community through the eyes of the Great Commission.
To experience church revitalization churches must take their eyes off of themselves and place them on the community.
4- Focus on Prayer
Prayer is the primary key to church revitalization. As much as churches should remove barriers to revitalization, they must understand that true revitalization is a work of God.
If a church never prays for revitalization, it will never experience revitalization.
5- Focus on Excellence
Churches that are experiencing decline tend to be okay with the status quo. Quality and excellence are not a focus, because they are okay with how things are. They must look at all aspects of their ministry through the eyes of a guest.
Pursuing excellence communicates that you are passionate about your church.
Church revitalization can happen, but you must want it, actively pursue it, and pray for it. For those who are serious about making a difference for the Kingdom of God, revitalization must be a priority.