5 Dangers of “Tower of Babel” Church Revitalizations

ChurchLeaders | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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I’ve never been more excited about the possibility of church revitalization in North America. The growing interest in this topic, even among young seminary students, is amazing to me. I have great hope that we will see not only many strong churches planted, but also many unhealthy churches restored to health.

At the same time, though, I’m concerned that some revitalization efforts could easily become “Tower of Babel” revitalizations—that is, they become projects that make a name for the human builder more than for the God who gives health. Nobody I know who’s doing revitalization starts out wanting to make a name for himself (unlike the people in Genesis 11), but the danger is real. Here’s why I think that could happen:

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Revitalization is increasingly popular now. I’ve already stated my excitement about this passion, and I say it here again—with this caveat: That which is popular can easily become a source of recognition and honor. Riding a wave well can sometimes make you think you created the wave.

“Success” stories are important, and we need to tell them. They’re encouraging. They give us hope. They inspire other leaders to press forward. They bring glory to God. For many of us, however, it’s just tough to keep the focus on Him when our name’s always part of the...
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