January 25, 2010
Listen and watch as Dustin Neeley and Jason Martin from Acts29 talk about how to ‘re-plant’ a church.
What do you think?Â Have you ever tried a re-plant or a re-start?Â What bits of advice would YOU give?
Tags: Acts 29, Church Planting
I was the leader of a group of people that attempted to do a church re-plant a couple of years ago. We had a group of about 40 involved in a home Bible study that wanted to form a church that was serious about fulfilling the mission of the church as in Acts 2.
The church we approached had seven members and ten or so in average attendance. I was invited to speak to them about a re-plant and I spoke about the mission of the church from Acts 2. I asked them, “Are you fulfilling the mission of a New Testament church?” The unofficial leader of this church (a 78 year old woman, but that’s another story), said, “No we’re not.”
They held a vote and rejected our proposal to merge our people and give birth to a new ministry. They were dead and they knew it, but had no desire to change.
We planted a church a couple of months later.
I replanted a church 20 years ago under the banner of our church association. Talk about getting dirty in a garden, I was dirty from head to toe. We started with about 40 people from the old church. Inspite of many, many distractions, disappointments, trials, and downright ugliness, today we have over 900 faithful participants and a staff that God has blended together for His honor!!! I have stuck it out for the entire 20 years and now I can say that the work God is doing right now has been worth every single pain suffered over that time.
I know first hand what the price is for following Jesus Christ when many others were bailing…
We have. I would just make very sure you have the core to make it happen and the will to deal with why the church is struggling in the first place. I think it’s way easier to start something completely new, then to try to resurrect a dead congregation that already has a reputation in the community. We ended up with only 5 of the original church members.