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Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches Paperback – June 1, 2016
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It is especially good to see it coming from a ministry friend of 35 years—Mark Clifton—who like me began his ministry focused on the planting of new congregations, but is now using that experience to help old congregations reclaim glory.
Mark admits this is not easy when he says, “It’s often easier to close a dying church and go across the street to plant a new one than it is to replant.” 
The title of his book—Reclaiming Glory—identifies why, even though it is difficult, it is a worthy journey. He focuses his motivation on the Triune God. “We don’t want to see churches replanted just to make us feel better about the abysmal death rate among evangelical churches. We want to replant churches so God will be glorified as he does what he does best—bringing life out of death.” 
Mark’s desire is that old churches will once again be successful. “Success—bearing fruit in the life of a church—means having a pattern of making disciples who make disciples that results in the community being noticeably better.”  I would also believe it is important to define what significance and surrender means for churches who are replanting.
Mark suggests four pathways to replanting. 1. Give the building to a church plant. 2. Share the building with a church plant. 3. Merge with a church plant. 4. Planting from within. His book shares some details about how each of these would work.
His pathway of sharing a church’s building with a church plant raised for me this thought: A key question for churches to consider when they build a building is to think about with whom they would share it. New buildings should be for the Kingdom of God and not for one church family alone.
The application of this book for various denominational bodies does have some challenges the wise reader can overcome. Mark is the senior director of Replanting/Revitalization at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. This book is focused on what Southern Baptists are doing, and has some theology, philosophy, and methodology that will not always translate into other denominational families without putting the material through some filters of understanding, plus reframing the message and the language.
At the same time, I highly recommend the book for those who can adapt its insights and learnings into their unique situation.