Changes in Church restart
The changes will look different for every church context. While research on restarts is sparse, Gary Taylor did some very helpful work in his dissertation dealing with the most common steps taken by restart churches.
The list below details his findings. We’re not suggesting that every church restart has to do every step. Some steps are more critical than others.
- Change the church name.*
- Close for a period of time.
- Celebrate the old church’s past.*
- Change pastors to bring catalytic leadership.*
- Add paid pastoral staff with discipling emphasis.*
- Add paid support staff.
- Replace personnel on church board.*
- Adopt an entirely new constitution.*
- Rewrite the current constitution.
- Give control to an outside board or denomination.*
- Adopt a new vision statement with a primary discipleship and
- multiplication emphasis.*
- Update children’s programs.*
- Update music style.*
- Change approach to outreach/evangelism.*
- Change approach to newcomer assimilation.*
- Remodel the current facilities.
- Expand the current facilities.
- Secure a mentor/coach to help the pastor.
- Add a website or revamp an existing website.*
- Secure outside financing.
- Change advertising strategy.*
* Our interviews indicate that these steps were the most essential and common
practices of church restarts.
Källa: Dying to Restart, sid 86-87 (boken kan laddas ner gratis här)