New or Renew

Posted on June 26, 2013

This question has been around for a long time. Is it better to start something new or attempt to give something a restart? Whether it’s a brand, a business, a ministry…it’s a tough call to start from scratch or attempt to build on a foundation already in place.

I’ve been thinking about this issue for a long time as I hear about new churches starting and a large number of churches struggling to survive (I also happen to pastor the campus of a smaller church that merged with a larger one). So I wonder, is it better to start something new or attempt to renew something? I see value in both but wonder if one approach is better than the other, especially when it takes so many resources to start something from scratch. Perhaps it’s not as much about one approach being better than the other, but instead what makes the most sense in a particular context.

I understand that each situation is different and unique but it seems as though the general philosophy is to opt for the ‘new’ option over the ‘renew’ one. I’m not saying this is wrong but I’m not convinced it is always right. Too often we default to the new and miss out on opportunities to renew. I believe the renewing, revitalizing model of church growth will be the way forward for The United Methodist Church.

How about you? Do you prefer to go new or renew? What advantages do you see in either?