This article introduces new language and an alternative paradigm to the topic of revitalizing declining churches, which presents a transforming process for pastors, church leaders, denominational executives, and consultants to implement when coaching revitalizing churches. The biblical foundation for this writing is Jesus’ letter to the church of Sardis, recorded in Revelation 3:1–6. Five principles for upcycling a declining church are presented: embrace the crisis, answer the wakeup call, strengthen what remains, strengthen who remains, and return to spiritual roots.
Frazer, R. J. (2014). Upcycling Church: New Hope for Transforming Declining and Plateaued Churches. Great Commission Research Journal, 5(2), 162-181. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol5/iss2/2