The aim of church revitalisation is to bring a church back to spiritual health and vitality.
Here is a simple definition of a healthy church -
A healthy church is a fellowship of redeemed believers
• who love God with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their mind, with all their strength (Mark 12:30)
• who love people (Mark 12:31)
• in their cultural context
Two things are necessary to enable revitalisation -
- a vision
- a process
The diagram below presents a vision of a church which is adapted to our contemporary European context. The diagram is flexible and can be used for all types of churches, wherever they may be and whatever their denomination.
Revitalisation involves a process. The flow-chart below summarises the stages through which the leadership team must lead the church over a period of time.
This process comprises several simultaneous dimensions -
- the spiritual area (living out a relationship with God)
- the social area (relationships between Christians and with non-Christians)
- the societal area (the cultural context of the church)
- the structural area (in particular leadership)
- the strategic area (change management)
Bearing in mind the particular context of each church, training or mentoring is almost indispensable in order to implement practically what is shown in these diagrams.
Please also look at the News tab of the menu because there may be a training session somewhere which you could attend.