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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


The study method2
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.”

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Change

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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


Rising with leadership2
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?



Three faith factors1
Three Faith Factors is renewed spiritually.

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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