Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again by Andrew M. Davis is a book keyed to helping people entering into the hard and long labor of helping a spiritually flat and/or sick church come alive and vibrant again in Christ. The author brings you into his multi-year journey with a local church in Durham, North Carolina and his helping turn a Laodicean church into a living church again.
Davis does a good job of helping the church leader turn from being events or techniques-focused to spiritual condition-focused; namely the spiritual condition of the church leader himself. The shift in thinking helps with ensuring that the one seeking to revitalize a congregation is vital himself, lest the spiritually unhealthy attempts the lead the spiritually unhealthy and end up in a wreck.
The downside to the book is that at times the author uses techniques as a foil to his thesis resulting in the potential takeaway of so long as the leader is spiritually healthy the church will be revitalized. Though it does not appear that this is the intention of the author – as he does give practical advice – the book does have some spots that are a bit unbalanced in this regard.
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