Episode 375: Should We Revitalize Old Churches or Plant New Churches?

In Episode 375 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed do a live podcast recording at Exponential 2019 in Orlando. On this episode, Daniel and Ed discuss church planting and revitalization in the context of Finland, Europe. Here is today’s question:

“I am from Finland. In Europe, we have a different situation in planting. Should we revitalize old churches or plant new churches? Somehow they seem to be opposite things. Is there anything new in that area, like research or studies, to put some content to this question?” 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • A picture of what it is like to plant in a different country 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “The newer trend we are seeing is multi-site churches, and churches that want to multiply, are partnering with churches that need to be revitalized.” – @danielsangi
  • “How do I faithfully serve this city and partner well with the churches in the city that are dying?” – @danielsangi
  • “I would ask the question, “Is this a resource we could steward?” or “Do we need to plant churches and sites in new facilities?” – @edstetzer
  • “Just because a church says they want to give you their building, it doesn’t mean that you should always say yes.” – @danielsangi

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Published April 4, 2019

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