Church Revitalization

Church Revitalization is the supernatural work of God to bring back life and health to a church that is in decline. It is a transforming process and not a program. While the process of revitalization may have many variables, the staff at the Baptist Convention of New Mexico are ready to serve you with the specific needs of your church in mind.

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The Pillars of Revitalization
  1. Cultivate fundamental spiritual health among pastors, leaders and members (Focus on key elements of the spiritual life and living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual health results in the unity of the people.)

 

  1. Understand the mission of the church and build a culture that reflects the mission (Mission – Why do we exist?) (This is clarifying and living out the Vision. Vision – Where are we going? The vision must be biblically based, relevant to the church’s context and adhere to the Values of the church. Strategy – How will we get there? )

 

  1. Practice biblically sound preaching and teaching (Strive towards sound, engaging and relevant preaching and teaching by all persons with that responsibility)

 

  1. Train and engage people in evangelism and disciplemaking (A renewed focus and commitment to outreach, evangelism and discipleship)

 

  1. Intentionally develop leaders (Raise up and train leaders)

 

 

  1. Live on mission in the community (Focus on impacting people in your community)

 

  1. Maximize key ministry components (Focus on strengthening the biblical components of the church – prayer, fellowship, stewardship, teaching, missions, etc.)

 

 

  1. Enhance worship (Consistently evaluate your corporate worship service and work to improve. Preaching, music, prayer, media, giving, etc. Excellence for the Lord is the key).

 

 

  1. Regularly evaluate church health

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Discovery Phase

The time when a church is considering revitalization. Two key components are important during this time:

  • Prayer is vital in the process of revitalization. A focused time of prayer will help the church prepare their hearts, hear from God, and seek God’s guidance for the journey ahead. We have a number of prayer guides available for you to use in leading the church through an intentional time of prayer. Here are a couple of options: LifeWay pdf, “Consecrate the People: Renewing Our Covenant Commitments to Jesus Christ” by Claude King. Also, one designed for a longer period of intentional prayer by Dave McFadden, entitled, “36 Days of Introspection & Intercession.”

  • Revitalization focuses on the entire church, but it may require more attention to specific areas. An assessment provides key information, which helps in navigating through the process of revitalization. The BCNM has provided a simple tool that can be accessed here. A BCNM staff member is also available to meet with your church and provide an assessment.

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Decision Phase

The church makes a decision whether to pursue the course of revitalization.

A BCNM staff member can help interpret the assessment information found in the discovery phase and discuss the church’s options.

  • The church evaluates the information and their options. At this point the church must decide whether or not revitalization is necessary and if so, then make an intentional choice to pursue new life.

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Development Phase

The church has discovered their need for God to do a work of renewal in them and revive the church. The development of a plan serves as a roadmap for the journey.

  • The church, with the collaboration of the BCNM’s advice, tools and support, creates their revitalization plan. A revitalization strategy must be guided by the Holy Spirit.

The plan is developed with the mission, vision and values of the church in mind and be clearly communicated to the people.

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Devotion Phase

This is the time where the pastor begins to execute the plan. Church revitalization takes time and has numerous challenges. A commitment to God’s purpose for the church and fulfilling His plan is imperative.

  • The church gives action to their revitalization strategy. Only God brings about genuine revitalization, however, the pastor plays a key role in leading the church in the process. As God works to revive the church there will be opportunities to celebrate the milestones along the way.

  • The BCNM is available to partner with the church, providing assistance in various ways during the journey.

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