What Does Church Revitalization Mean?
Church Revitalization is a movement within protestant evangelicalism, which emphasizes the missional work of turning a plateaued or rapidly declining church around and moving it back towards growth.
Revitalization is led through a Church Revitalization Initiative, which is when a local church begins to work on the renewal of the church with a concerted effort to see the ministry revitalized and the church become healthy. Church Revitalization means that the local church knew, at one time, how to renew, revitalize, and re- establish the health and vitality of the ministry, but failed to do so or lost that knowledge.
One of the challenges for the laity in the day in which we live is that they have lost the knowledge of church renewal and no longer want to cultivate the skill sets necessary to see their church experience revitalization. Even sadder is when a congregation does not have the corporate memory that there was a day when the local church was reaching people for Christ Jesus and active as evangelistic witnesses into their community.