Show Notes:

In this episode, we look at reclaiming restoration in the local church. 

TOPIC: RECLAIMING: Developing a Restorative Culture in Your Church

Meet Our Guest

Peter Tackett: Pete is a self-confessed broken man who has been the recipient of amazing grace, healing, and restoration. Pastoring a 2,000-member church, he crashed and burned in a spectacular way in 2009. His wife, Lori, and his church family stood by him, even though he resigned as pastor.

After a year in which in his own words, he “did not preach, teach a class, or pray a public prayer after a lifetime of full-throttle ministry,” Pete was restored physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In the fall of 2010, he and Lori returned to vocational ministry, becoming pastor at Antioch Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.

In the four years since, he has met with and ministered to nearly 100 pastors who have suffered moral failure; been forced out of a church; or are dealing with emotional illness. As much as he can, he helps them connect with some of the resources he found and assists their churches in setting up a restoration team to help them in the journey.

Michael Stover is a husband to one, father of five, proud grandfather, and a cancer survivor. Since 2005, he has written, edited, and contributed to numerous bible study materials, college subject matter, blogs, websites, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works. He holds degrees from Union University and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, both in his home state of Tennessee. 

He has also served as an association Sunday School Director, Association VBS Director, Area Crusade Outreach Leader, National VBS Training Team Member for LifeWay Christian Resources in 2007-2008, TN Baptist VBS Training Team Leader in 2005, 2007, 2008, MS Baptist VBS Training Team Member in 2008, as well as a writer for numerous VBS and Adult Sunday School resources for LifeWay Christian Resources. 

Michael has published How to Write Well, a self-help book to assist aspiring writers in improving their craft; and Jesus and Dirt: A Fresh Look at the Parable of the Sower, a bible study resource for small groups and pastors. Both resources are available in print, digital, and audiobook versions.

Question asked on the podcast:

  1. What is the need for restorative ministry, both for the church and the individual?
  2. What is the goal of restorative ministry?
  3. How does restorative ministry fit into church revitalization?
  4. How does a pastor or church leader use this book when confronted with a crisis?
  5. What is the process of restoration?

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Revitalization Today

With Tom Cheyney & Gary Moritz

Where New and Renew Collide 

Finally, there is a bi-monthly video podcast with two practicing Church Revitalization Specialists coming together to talk about Church Revitalization and Renewal. In just a few days Revitalization Today the new video podcast launches with Tom Cheyney and Gary Moritz! This podcast is all about where new and renew collide. Two Church Revitalizers talking nothing but Revitalization. Tom & Gary are extremely passionate revitalizing declining churches. They have worked with churches all over North America.

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Tom Cheyney

Dr. Tom Cheyney is a nationally recognized conference leader in Church Revitalization, Church Planting, and Church Health. 

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Gary Moritz 

Dr. Gary Moritz is the lead pastor of City United Church, located in Lunenburg, MA. Pastor Gary is a 1st generation Christian who is a “down-to-earth communicator, and visionary.

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Dr. Gary Moritz is the lead pastor of City United Church, located in Lunenburg, MA. With a church Replanter mindset, the Lord called him and his family to New England in 2013 to take over a struggling church through a succession situation. Pastor Gary is a 1st generation Christian who is a down-to-earth communicator and visionary. He believes in speaking the Bible without apology in a life-giving and practical way so that people can use it on Monday. His vision is for people to leave church feeling encouraged, engaged, and equipped for the week. Since he did not grow up in church, he can use his past mistakes to reach others in their current situations and speak their cultural language. Gary is married to Jana who is working alongside him in church revitalization and strategy, and they have two amazing teen daughters. You can find more about him at

He is a subject matter expert on church revitalization and serves as an Assistant professor in the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University. He is Director of Church Revitalization for the Baptist Convention of New England. His creative talents are in media, art, writing, music, production, church revitalization, church, pastoral succession, church systems, church turnaround, and church planting.

One Interesting Fact: Gary played as a professional, freelanced, and endorsed percussionist in NYC and toured in the USMC band. He loves Jazz and still plays drums today for churches.

One Useless Fact: He used to eat pop tarts on his walk to high school in the ’90s (mullet, Walkman with built-in reverse and all) wearing acid-washed pants with chains and skulls on them. He also wanted to be a professional ninja!

Dr. Tom Cheyney is a nationally recognized conference leader in Church Revitalization, Church Planting, and Church Health. Tom has taught on five continents and is an Oxford University Distinguished Scholars Student from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Cheryl and they have two adult children Ashleigh and Drew. He is the Founder & Directional Leader of the RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conferences and leader of the RENOVATE Church Revitalization Coaching Network where he mentors pastors, churches, and Directors of Missions in Church Revitalization and Renewal. He serves as the Executive Editor of The Church Revitalizer Magazine, which is the only national publication on Church Revitalization in North America. Dr. Cheyney has written over 5000 print or audio resources, guidebooks, or books for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders. His most recent books include:

The Seven Pillars of Church Revitalization and Renewal (2016), Slaying the Dragons of Church Revitalization: Dealing with the Critical Issues that are Hurting Your Church (2017), The Church Revitalizer as Change Agent (2016), The Nuts and Bolts of Church Revitalization (2015), Preaching Towards Church Revitalization and Renewal (2018), Thirty-Eight Church Revitalization Models for the Twenty First Century (2014), Church Revitalization in Rural America: Revitalizing the Heartlands (2018), Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Plants Another (2008), Life After Death: A Strategy to Bring New Life to a Dead Church (2019).

Tom is a nationally recognized conference speaker and a frequent writer on church revitalization, church planting, new church health, and leadership development. Cheyney serves as an adjunct professor of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and Anderson University in South Carolina where he teaches at the doctoral level for Church Revitalization seminars.

One Interesting Fact: Tom loves to go kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean fishing a few miles off shore in hopes of catching a shark or other sea creatures he can prepare for dinner. Recently, he had a run in with a shark that would not leave him alone until he dumped his whole bucket of bait shrimp over board.

One Useless Fact: Tom is an early riser daily at a few minutes after four. Yet he is known to be found praying on the sofa recliner each which his wife believes he is napping. The debate continues.

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