10 Quotes from Anatomy of a Revived Church

Thom Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers, a former pastor, and bestselling author. With nearly forty years of ministry experience, Thom has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of the local church and its leaders.

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Quotes from Anatomy of a Revived Church

1. True change in our congregations must be rooted in the truths of the Bible, saturated in prayer, and empowered by God alone. (Pg. 11)

2. Church leaders and members who refuse to accept their God-given responsibility to reach and minister both inside and outside the walls of the church buildings are on a clear path to decline and likely death. (Pg. 24)

3. Revived churches are not about making much of numbers; they are about making much of God by being makers of disciples. (Pg. 56)

4. Prayer is a prerequisite for revitalization; it is also a byproduct of it. In most cases, prayer in the church resides in the ministries of only a few faithful members. (Pg. 62)

5. “Lone Ranger Christianity” is an oxymoron. (Pg. 79)

6. If a pastor leads a healthy revitalization, that pastor is not doing it alone. The church has joined the pastor in that effort. (Pg. 93)

7. Unhealthy churches typically use few dollars every year on ministry. (Pg. 114)

8. Unhealthy churches have members who get angry and blame others; revived churches have members who serve and encourage each other. (Pg. 116)

9. Evangelistic apathy has always been the most pervasive finding in our research on declining and dying churches. (Pg. 117)

10. Our churches die because they have refused to make the necessary changes to see God bring new life through the ministries of their congregations. (Pg. 119)

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Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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