Scenarios for Church Revitalization: Refocus and Re-Energize

When a church is stagnant or declining in size, diagnosis is that refocusing and re-energizing is needed. How do we refocus & re-energize? Three steps to revitalization: Assessment, Alignment, Advancement. A Church Needs … If It Is...


  • Discover needs of community and potential new ministries.
  • Assess Leadership capability and needs.
  • Identify Church Systems in need of restoration. Nelson Searcy of Church Leader Insights identifies Eight Systems of a Healthy Church:
    1. The Weekend Service System,
    2. The Outreach/Evangelism System,
    3. The Assimilation System,
    4. The Small Groups System,
    5. The Ministry Mobilization System,
    6. The Stewardship System,
    7. The Leadership Development System,
    8. The Strategy Planning System
  • Research legal documents and history. History and legal documents need to be researched in order to identify potential threats to growth.


  • Recover Faith Factors. In Chapter Three of the book Comeback Churches, Ed Stetzer identifies three faith factors that are essential to church revitalization: 1) A renewed belief in Jesus Christ and the Mission of the Church, 2) A renewed attitude for servanthood, 3) Strategic Prayer Efforts.
  • Discover/Recover the unique, God given Mission, Vision, Values. The revi team should participate in Church Planter Basic Training & take advantage of coaching networks & suggested reading lists to help discover a vision for the community.
  • Make necessary identity changes. Name? Signs? Location? What identity changes may be necessary to birth new vision & energy in the church?
  • Restore needed Church Systems for life and health. See above comment about Church Systems. What systems will need new energy & attention going forward?


  • Vision Renewal Launch Service. Plan for a Vision Renewal Celebration as the church moves into a period of advancement and growth.
  • Plant, water, and bring in the harvest. The church should experience some growth as systems are slowly restored and outreach, assimilation, small groups move people to Christ and spiritual maturity.
  • Multiply disciples, leaders, and ministries. A new generation of leaders will begin to emerge that will carry the Church into the future.
  • Partner in Acts 1:8 Missions. The Church will be capable of taking on missions endeavors beyond its Jerusalem and potentially assist other churches with revitalization/renewal.

Download the paper, Steps to Revitalization.

About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of three. - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can, I’m reading, raised bed gardening, deer hunting, and on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful.

Posted on May 8, 2013, in Ministry, Northshore Baptist Associations. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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