The Number One Change for Effective Church Revitalization

by | Jan 31, 2022 | Church Health, Church Leadership, Church Revitalization

Do you know the number one change needed for an effective church revitalization?

It’s not programs, systems or structure. Everyone always things about those first. Those are easy to change. Okay, well, maybe not easy. Try changing the library into a welcome area or removing the choir robes.

But there is one change even bigger than those if you want effective church revitalization.


The number one change is an ideology. It’s a mindset.

It’s deciding what’s important. Asking questions such as, why we are a church? What would God have us to do as one?

Revitalization means changing the focus from “us” to “them”. We have to think about those who might never attend the church – but might if we begin to think about them more.

It’s valuing empowerment of others over the control of a few. We need new ideas and that means getting more people at the table.

Revitalization means realizing our external energy – “going outside the walls” – must be equal or greater than our internal energy. (And we might even need to measure those activities and see how our budget aligns with it.)


If the church truly wants revitalization it will have to make the hard choices.

That almost always begins with an ideology – a mindset – of who we are and how we function as a church. In fact, many times it is simply getting back to the Biblical basis of church.

Change the mindset – Change the church.

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Ron Edmondson

I am CEO of Leadership Network. I was previously pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, a church leader and the planter of two churches. I am passionate about planting churches but also helping established churches thrive. I love assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy, and life. My specialty is organizational leadership, so in addition to my role as a pastor, as I have time, I consult with church and ministry leaders. I have more than 35 years of leadership experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and have been in full-time ministry for over 15 years. I have successfully led the restart of one church and the planting of two churches, and now we are seeing God’s hand tremendously in church revitalization. I have a seminary masters and a master’s in organizational leadership. I also once helped lead (as an elected official) a mid-sized city, where I served as Vice Mayor and Finance Chair. The greatest times for me are with my wife Cheryl and our amazing adult sons, Jeremy, his wife Mary, and our youngest son Nate. Over 20 years ago, I founded a non-profit ministry called Mustard Seed Ministry, which provides devotional resources, conducts family, marriage, and parenting, and church leadership seminars. My INTJ personality on the Myers-Briggs indicator means I have big ideas, I love creative and critical thinking and I love to see progress. I am usually around people but crave downtime. For years I was usually training for either a half or full marathon. Running was my most productive thinking time. Knee problems in recent years have caused me to stop running, but I’m committed to finding the time I need to fuel my mind, body, and spirit. I write several times weekly on leadership, church, and family. To sign up for my blog on a reader or by email, click HERE. I do interact with my readers, so feel free to contact me. You can email me at am also on Google+ at, Twitter at and Facebook at My devotional site is

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