In a church plant (and, in a more limited way in a revitalisation) the leader has a considerable degree of discretion and control about how things are done. With an established church, particularly those of smaller to medium size, people have a sense of ownership and partnership that means the introduction of change needs to …

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Ron Edmondson offers five observations regarding culture change in a local church: They’re pretty sensible, but can be overlooked because of enthusiasm or over-confidence. Taking the time to get to know the church and its existing culture (in contrast to its behaviour; trying to understand why people are doing what they’re doing) is necessary and …

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This article is sort of a plug for the author’s web-based church revitalisation program, but there are a few phrases that resonate in communicating a mission focussed vision for local churches that need revitalisation. One of the most important revitalization changes we faced was to move from a ‘country club’ church to a ‘mission-based’ church. …

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In a post about necessary qualities of church revitalisers (those who come be nurture new vitality in an existing church, in contrast with church planters who are starting a new church) Ed Stetzer writes about the need for relational patience, a quality any pastor who is working with an existing church needs. …church revitalizers must …

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