I am observing a common trend in the effort to revitalize older, established local churches. I have seen it in my own revitalization efforts with my church for the last 11 years. I have heard about it as I meet and counsel with other pastors. And I have realized these trends as I have consulted many churches in the last several years seeking new life. As I have combed through the avalanche of church revitalization materials that has been published in the last 5 years and much of it being good and helpful, the core issues that need to be focused upon are still getting missed in some ways in my estimation.
Therefore, here are the 5 areas that I have found need to be addressed. I will develop them in more detail at another time, but for now here are the areas and the central question that must be answered if a church is to adequately address the issues that often cause the decline and death of local churches. I will also add these 5 areas work from a central foundation of God’s Word being what breathes life into a dead church and a right understanding of the gospel must be the cornerstone.
1) Authority: Who is in Charge?
2) Leadership: Who do I Follow?
3) Membership: To Whom am I Accountable?
4) Unity: Who is my Brother?
5) Worship: Why do we Gather?
More to come on this later…