Well, Paul doesn’t tell Titus how to revitalize a church. Instead, Paul instructs Titus about how to establish healthy, biblical churches in Crete (Titus 1:5) that reflect God’s design for the local church. Having said that, regardless whether you are planting a church, or pastoring a dysfunctional established one, Paul instructs Titus with very clear, specific methods that God uses to build strong, healthy churches.
In the midst of so much trendy pragmatism that drives so many books and seminars on church revitalization today, I submit these biblical options for your consideration:
1) Affirm qualified biblical leadership (Titus 1:5-9)
2) Exhort sound doctrine (Titus 1:9)
3) Refute falsehood (Titus 1:9-16)
4) Celebrate a multi-generational church (Titus 2:1-8)
5) Embrace an ethnic and socially diverse church (Titus 2:9-10)
Go read the book of Titus and see these points for yourself. This is the formula for God to build his church, regardless what stage of health and growth it is in. God’s design for the local church is a diverse, multigenerational, multi-ethnic local church. Paul is writing to Titus with this in mind. Whether church planting, or church revitalization, I believe these are the things we as pastors should be pursuing. Trust the power of biblically, qualified leadership to preach God’s word and welcome gospel-transformed old and young, black and white, rich and homeless into the local church. The greater the diversity, the more the gospel is displayed in so many different kinds of people of different ages being united around the transformation of the gospel.