CNLP 101: Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation

Lee Kricher did something few pastors do; he’s led the church he founded, twice. Coming back 13 years ago, he led it back from near death to a growing church strongly positioned to reach into a new generation. Here’s his story.

Welcome to Episode 101 of the Podcast.


Guest Links: Lee Kricher

Amplify Church

For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church

Lee on Twitter

Links Mentioned

Injoy Stewardship Solutions

Orange Tour

North Point Community Church

Andy Stanley; Episode 1

John Kotter 

Jim Collins

Brian Houston; Episode 89

Thom Rainer; Episode 36


3 Things You Can Do Right Away

Initially, Lee didn’t have a good reason to revive a dying church. He didn’t even have the support of his mom to leave corporate America go back into ministry. But he did hear from God, and he had a passion to see others develop their potential. Here are the changes he made to reach new generations and save his church. 

  1. Adopt a new mindset, and identify the essentials. If you can change something to reach the next generation, then go for it, but you’re not going to change the beliefs or core values. The Gospel is still the gospel. There is no legacy. You’re not respecting the church’s history by ending it. If the church ceases to exist, there are no changed lives.
  2. Prepare for the hard conversations, and elevate your standards. Half of the people Lee was serving left within the first two years of his leadership. People told him, “These young people don’t have check books. If we change, we’re leaving with our check books.” As a church, you’re not changing who you are. You’re still leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. If you’re called to reach your community, you have to take a look at who’s in the community.
  3. Get rid of the distractions and build a mentoring culture. Take a look at what issues are pressing in your church. Are there unnecessary ministries? Are there outward signs that the church needs repairs? Keep your operation simple, and don’t forget that your mission is reaching those in the community and nurturing their relationship with Christ.

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CNLP 101: Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation


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