Breathing new life into dying churches

04 Apr

Book Review: Revitalize: Biblical keys to helping your church come alive again, by Andrew M. Davis

The old way of measuring a church’s success was to look at the four B’s—buildings, budgets, bodies, and baptisms, and if you were real successful—books and broadcasts. While church health is more than just numbers, the lack of numbers is often a key symptom of a church in crisis. That is when a church needs to be revitalized, to have new life breathed into its body.

Author, pastor, and professor Andrew M. Davis has written Revitalize: Biblical keys to helping your church come alive again, with the goal of offering practical insight into how to do just that. What is different about his book is that it is not only strategic and practical, but it is solidly biblical.

Davis starts by presenting the case that the church belongs to Christ and that God is able to speak life into dying churches. He then addresses 14 key principles necessary to breathe life back into the church: Embrace Christ’s ownership of the church; Be holy; Rely on God, not on yourself; Rely on God’s Word, not on techniques; Saturate the church in prayer; Cast a clear vision; Be humble toward opponents; Be courageous; Be patient; Be discerning; Wage war against discouragement; Develop and establish men as leaders; Become supple on worship; amd Embrace the two journeys of disciple-making.

Following each chapter, the author includes a list of “practical advice” as to how to implement the principle in the church.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Posted by on April 4, 2017 in Books, Church


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