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9.5. 9. 10. 10. 10. Why Study Comeback Churches?. The statistics on churches are alarming Many churches are flat to declining. We want to help churches “ come back ” after a decline. Using biblical principles. Learn from the experiences of others.

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why study comeback churches

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Why Study Comeback Churches?
  • The statistics on churches are alarming
    • Many churches are flat to declining
  • We want to help churches “come back” after a decline
  • Using biblical principles
  • Learn from the experiences of others
the study method
The Study Method

The BIG question:

What principles from Comeback Churches could guide pastors and churches down the path of revitalization?

the study method1
The Study Method
  • Examined 324 comeback churches
    • That experienced renewed growth after a period of decline
    • Increased membership and increased baptisms
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The Study Method
  • Using surveys and phone interviews
  • Criteria for a “comeback church”:
    • Experienced 5 years of plateau or decline
    • Followed by significant growth over the past 2 to 5 years
      • Membership to baptism (conversion) ratio of 35:1
      • At least a 10% increase in attendance, per year
biblical churches
Biblical Churches
  • Scriptural authority
  • Biblical leadership
  • Preaching and teaching
  • Ordinances
  • Covenant community
  • Mission
missional churches
Missional Churches
  • Do what missionaries do, regardless of the context
    • Join God on His mission
    • Study and learn the culture
    • Proclaim the good news
    • Be the presence of Christ
    • Contextualize biblical life and church for that culture
spiritual churches
Spiritual Churches
  • What are some barriers to spiritual growth?
  • Self-focused leaders and churches
  • Experiencing God’s discipline
  • Lack of radical faith/reliance
  • Doing instead of being the church
  • Watering down the gospel/truth
spiritual churches1
Spiritual Churches
  • What are some barriers to spiritual growth?
  • Distracted from our first love
  • Ineffective disciple-making
  • Irrelevant ministry
  • PRIDE
why become a comeback church
Why Become a Comeback Church?

“We don’t want our church to die. We’ll do what it takes.”

Less

Change

More

dirty baker s dozen churches
“Dirty Baker’s Dozen” Churches
  • Institutionalized
  • Voluntary association
  • Unintentional
  • “Us four and no more”
  • “We can’t compete”
  • “Decently & in order”
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“Dirty Baker’s Dozen” Churches
  • “Square peg in a round hole”
  • “Time-warp”
  • “Tidy”
  • “My way or the highway”
  • “Chaplaincy”
  • The “company”
  • “Play it safe”
staging a comeback
Staging a Comeback
  • The people have to be part of the turnaround - Acts 6:1-5
  • Decide on a course of action
    • Nehemiah 2:11-18
  • Proactive leadership
    • 1 Timothy 3:1
rising with leadership
Rising with Leadership
  • Comeback leaders took the initiative for change
  • Challenge excuses
  • Pray Matthew 9:37-38 Regularly & Passionately
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Rising with Leadership
  • See the harvest— Matthew 9:36-38
  • Model evangelistic passion
  • Share the ministry
  • Make choices about how to invest your time
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Rising with Leadership
  • Give away non-ministry tasks
  • Use time intentionally
  • Spend more time on “people” stuff
  • Communicate a clear and compelling vision
  • Comeback leaders multiply themselves
three faith factors
Three Faith Factors

What happened spiritually to impact such change?

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Three Faith Factors

A renewed belief in Jesus Christ and the mission of the church,

A renewed attitude for servanthood, and

A more strategic prayer effort.

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