According to MNA Coordinator Paul Hahn, church renewal is our denomination’s “need of the hour.” By any quantitative standard, Hahn says — baptisms, conversions, giving, new members — about a third of PCA churches are in need of renewal.

The process begins, Hahn explains, by admitting the need. And then recognizing that by God’s grace, renewal is a way of life.

5 Responses to Church Renewal As a Way of Life

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  2. Dr. Donald J. MacNair named his church evaluation company Churches Vitalized, Inc. I once asked him why this name instead of Churches re–Vitalized and he said…they have to be vital first before they can be re-vitalized. Paul’s comments are true to the extent that they mark the 2nd tier in what needs to be done. Are our churches even vital?… needs to be asked first. Many are…but what about those who aren’t? What standards do we have for determining a church vital? The Bible to be sure…but also books from authors such as Donald MacNair and Harry Reeder III can be very helpful. Years ago I found Dr. Reeder’s book to be helpful…because it is not really about revitalization at the end of the day…but are we vital at all?

  3. George Brodie says:

    The vast majority of us probably follow sports to some extent. For those of us who follow teams, we all anticipate two things. Those two things are the game and the coach’s comments following a review of the films. This principle is in every walk of life involving performance…except the church. Sports and industry go to great lengths and expense to develop a healthy program of review. Can you imagine a sports team that doesn’t look at films. (BTW, the Monday films don’t just review the Quarterback)
    The church must take a serious and dedicated effort to develop healthy program of review at the local and Presbytery level. A referral to a book isn’t enough.

  4. Lee Baird says:

    I totally agree with the need for regular review … review at the TACTICAL (sports films) level as well as review at the STRATEGIC level (priorities: win games? develop character? maximize attendance/profits?).
    At the STRATEGIC level of review, christian leadership needs to set aside time to explicitly discuss the Lord’s purpose for His Church, … for our congregation, … for our individual members.
    But Christian leadership is necessarily under TACTICAL pressure to provide/develop/support/maintain various programs and activities.
    Tyranny of the Urgent typically minimizes time for STRATEGIC review in favor of time for TACTICAL review.
    Now what?

  5. Denise Shuman says:

    As a PCA pastor’s wife for 40 years, I hope that I have earned the right to respond. Since Mr. Hahn has set the church at Pentacost in Acts as the standard for the PCA to follow, let me say that I disagree with him that only 1/3 of our churches need revitalized; I think that 100% of our churches need to be revitalized. Having served in 4 different churches over 40 years, my husband & I found that each church had strengths & needs for revitalization. Instead of setting up numbers which can never be attained, why not focus on strengths that are glorifying to God. Most of the PCA churches are small & in small towns & will never meet these man-made quotas. The purpose of the Church (local, PCA & worldwide) is to worship God & glorify Him.