If your church is struggling…you’re not alone.
Over 80% of U.S. churches have flat or declining attendance. Revitalize Ministries offers services to help church leaders, especially leaders of small churches, be more effective at fulfilling the Great Commission.
Why We Started
The following video explains why founder Chris Bolinger started Revitalize Ministries:
We’re here because a once-vibrant church closed. We’re here because what happened at that church happens all too frequently. Around 100 churches close in the U.S. every week. Of those that are not at risk of closing soon, 80-85% have attendance that is flat or declining. That’s right — only about 15% of U.S. churches are growing. And growing churches are not making up for all the losses from declining and dying churches. Overall church attendance in the U.S. is dropping every year. And pastors are burning out and quitting in record numbers.
The goal of Revitalize Ministries is to help Christian churches, and the people who lead them, become more effective at fulfilling the Great Commission. In the past, we’ve done that by:
- Sponsoring a conference where pastors and other church leaders can learn (and share) practical ideas for more effective ministries
- Interviewing church leaders on a radio show and publishing those interviews in two books
Today, in addition to sponsoring this website, we offer a broad range of services to take some of the load off church leaders, especially small-church leaders.
Most of our services are designed for small and mid-sized churches. At a typical small church, a single pastor and a small team of part-time staffers and volunteers have to handle a broad range of functions, with the pastor having ultimate responsibility for all functions. Rather than focusing on the most vital tasks, a small-church pastor often gets bogged down in administrative tasks.
Our administrative services free up the pastor for more important work. Our communications services help a small church reach more people in the community.
The many administrative tasks that a small church must handle often include the following:
- Financial: Maintain financial record system
- Financial: Manage receipt, deposit, and disbursement of all church funds
- Financial: Supervise payroll administration for church employees
- Financial: Prepare annual budget for approval
- Financial: Track all financial activities against budget
- Financial: Schedule review or audit of financial statements
- Financial: Ensure compliance with all tax codes
- Financial: Pay and file all tax reports on timely basis
- Financial: Provide a 941 reconciliation
- Financial: Oversee any effort to restructure debt
- Financial: Ensure secure storage and regular backups of all financial information
- HR: Manage paid staff and volunteers
- HR: Develop and administer personnel policies and procedures
- HR: Administer performance evaluation system
- HR: Maintain personnel records
- HR: Hire and terminate paid staff
- HR: Ensure all workers are trained on software, equipment, and other resources
- HR: Ensure all workers are trained on regulatory issues
- HR: Conduct regular staff meetings
- HR: Conduct regular meetings of church leadership body
- HR: Review and make recommendations on wage and salary structures
- HR: Review and make recommendations on profession development and training
- HR: Review and make recommendations on personnel practices and benefit
- HR: Ensure compliance with federal and state labor laws
- HR: Ensure secure storage and regular backups of all HR information
- Facilities: Oversee use of facilities
- Facilities: Oversee maintenance of facilities
- Facilities: Oversee upgrades to facilities
- Resources: Maintain inventory of all resources
- Resources: Ensure routine maintenance of all key equipment
- Resources: Manage purchases through purchase approval process
- Resources: Oversee risk management and safety issues
- Resources: Ensure proper and adequate insurance for all key resources
A small church usually does not have enough staff members and volunteers to handle all of its administrative tasks:
- Pastor: The pastor wants to focus his or her limited time on core responsibilities (such as preaching and discipleship) and may lack the skills and experience needed for some administrative tasks.
- Other staff members: A part-time administrator can handle some administrative tasks but certainly not all. Other staff members, if there are any, usually have specific responsibilities in areas such as worship and youth ministry. It is difficult to justify adding staff for administrative tasks, and finding a part-time employee with the required skills, knowledge, and experience can be a challenge.
- Volunteers: Some volunteers may have the required skills and experience for certain tasks, but:
- Do you want volunteers handling sensitive information about other church members?
- Are you confident that volunteers will fulfill administrative duties for years?
- What happens when volunteers burn out, leave, or step down? How do you maintain continuity?
By having Revitalize Ministries (RM) or an RM partner handle some or all of your administrative tasks, you:
- Ensure that those tasks are performed by experienced professionals with the required skills, knowledge, and experience.
- Make decisions with all relevant financial information at your fingertips.
- Reduce your risks.
- Ensure good stewardship of all your resources.
- Enable your pastor and other leaders to focus on strategic and spiritual matters rather than tactical, operational tasks.
- Ensure continuity, even if your church undergoes major changes, including leadership changes.
- Save time and money every week because you have standardized operating procedures.
- Save time and money if you are audited because you can provide the auditor with a copy of printed financial statements with numbers that tie to the general ledger and organized copies of supporting documentation and internal controls.
Healthy communication is key to church revitalization. We offer help on two communication fronts: website development and video production.
With so many people using smartphones and tablets as their primary devices, your church’s website must use responsive design, so that one set of content displays well on every device. The website also must be up to date, easy to navigate, and compelling from a visual standpoint.
Today, the vast majority of church websites are developed and maintained using a content management system (CMS). There are hundreds of CMSs on the market. We recommend Squarespace because it supports responsive design, is relatively easy to use, has a monthly fee of under $20, and includes website hosting in its monthly fee.
If you need help with your church website, then consider engaging with Revitalize Ministries for website development and updating. We’ll use Squarespace to develop your church’s new, responsive website, then train folks at your church on how to maintain the website in Squarespace.
Today, your church’s website needs more than text and photos. It needs compelling video content, namely one or more short videos that introduce your church and tell its story. Youth, young adults, and even not-so-young adults pay much more attention to video content than to words and images. And they demand high quality.
The standard rate for production of a high-quality video is $1,000 per minute of video. That means that a three-minute video introduction will cost your church $3,000. You don’t have the budget for that. Obviously, a do-it-yourself video is much cheaper, but do you really want to introduce your church through a “home video”?
If your church is in northeast Ohio, then Revitalize Ministries has the optimal solution: a high-quality video, produced for your church, for an introductory price of only $750.
To learn more about Revitalize Ministries, drop us a line via the Contact page.