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Church Replanting

Why Replant?

We are thankful that people and churches are asking that question. At the North American Mission Board, we desire to help push back lostness. We realize that if we are going to do that effectively, we need to slow the death rate of our churches. On average, 17 Southern Baptist churches shut their doors for good every Sunday leaving underserved and unreached neighborhoods in cities across North America. They don’t find themselves in that situation overnight, so we believe that we can slow the death rate if we do two things: discover men called by God to replant churches, and discover churches in need of being replanted.

More than 70 percent of the Southern Baptist churches in North America have plateaued or are declining in number; 10-15 percent are at risk of or near closing. The Send North America strategy is designed to reverse this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches (revitalization) while increasing the birth rate of new churches.

To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor, or explore resources for replanting in your own church, contact 877-882-4437 or email A trained representative from the North American Mission Board will assist you in getting more information about your next steps, and we will begin praying for you as you take this step of faith.

Churches are dying.

Each year between 900-1000 churches hold their final services, close their doors, and leave the communities in which they once served as an outpost for the gospel.
Healthy & Multiplying
Plateaued or Declining
At or Near Risk

What does a healthy church look like?

Some common characteristics of a healthy and multiplying church:

  • People are consistently coming to Christ.
  • Healthy disciples are being reproduced.
  • Members are living out the Word in their daily lives.
  • Members are serving and meeting significant needs in the community.
  • Leaders are looking for ways to send missionaries and start churches.