About This Program
Church revitalization is about bringing new life to existing congregations that are in maintenance or decline. Many congregations are in need of revitalization. Even church plants, in time, will need revitalization. The American Anglican Council’s ReVive! Workshop will bring the passion and principles to any local congregation or diocese that, if applied, will bring new life. Even if a church has been in decline for many years, God is a God of life, not death, and he can revive the church! Having healthy, Great Commission Anglican churches is His will.
Believing that a bigger church is not better, a smaller church is not better, but a healthier church is better, Canon Mark Eldredge has revised the ReVive! Workshop to emphasize strategies that will bring health and growth to any size congregation. However, applying these strategies will be fruitless unless there is a genuine love of Jesus in the congregation. Therefore, the first session addresses personal renewal and will help breathe new life into the church. In addition, we also include a session on leading the church through change which is crucial to the revitalization being more than just a good idea.
There are two main components of our revitalization program.
ReVive! Workshop– typically, a two-day (Friday evening and Saturday) gathering of a local church’s leadership is designed to begin steps for improved fellowship (relationships within the church), performance (achieving set goals), Worship, and outreach (local mission – the neighborhood around your church). Our workshop leaders, called “coaches,” are trained and certified to come along side the church leadership team and help them from where they are to where they want to be. The ReVive! Workshop provides clear direction for necessary steps towards a healthier church.
Session 1: Renewal of your heart, soul and mind
Session 2: Values and vision
Session 3: Insist on Church health
Session 4: VITAL strategies
Session 5: Enacting the vision
Church ReVitalization Coaching – following the ReVive Workshop, the church’s leadership engages an American Anglican Council coach. The coach regularly consults with and advises the leadership team as it takes steps toward a healthier church. We believe that having a professional, independent coach is essential for congregations that want to move forward. 6 months of coaching are included with the cost of the Revive! Workshop. The AAC encourages but does not require additional coaching beyond the first 6 months. * Coaching relationships typically last from 6-18 months with coaching sessions once or twice monthly.
The cost for a ReVive! Workshop
$500 down to secure a seminar weekend and $500 at the time of the seminar. The remaining six months of coaching are invoiced at $125 a month for a total value of $1750.00 plus expenses. Expenses are invoiced as incurred and include travel/lodging. The American Anglican Council is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The AAC is cost-conscious and spends ministry money as carefully and judiciously as possible.