In SBC life, the concept of church revitalization is gaining momentum among pastors and church practitioners. While the conversations regarding the best ways to return a church to health are needed, there has been a tendency to bring every aspect of church planting and church growth under the umbrella of church revitalization. Which brings us to the question . .
When I first became a Christian I had a great misunderstanding. I believed that short-term mission trips were just vacations for Christians. I pictured how my fellow church members would go to other countries to see the sights and live the life. I even thought my pastor would plan these trips to places that he wanted to go and see for his pleasure.
Honestly, I was like Amos in the sense that there were times that I just knew what the Lord called me to do and I was merely committed to doing that. Because of all of this, over time I learned a great deal through experience. Granted, a lot of that experience was gained by learning … Read more New Post on CaffeinatedTheology – What I Wish I would Have Known
Part 2 – The Confused Church In a previous post, we discussed asking the hard questions for a church that is in a trauma situation and dying. (Read The First Post Here) The good news is, not all churches are dying. Some churches just need some help in getting back on track. What should a … Read more Asking Hard Questions in Church Revitalization (Part 2)
Part 1 – The Trauma Situation Just recently I had another pastor discuss with me a terrible situation he was facing. His church was dying. He was heartbroken over the situation. He had served that church faithfully for the past several years, doing all he could to lead the people to reach their community. Unfortunately, … Read more Asking Hard Questions in Church Revitalization (Part 1)
When a pastor is called to a church, the process is always exciting. The new pastor is usually anxious about the new assignment, and the church members anxiously await what changes the new pastor is going to make. I can remember when I was called to my current church, and the first day I was … Read more The Role of Discipleship In Church Revitalization
It has been my experience that every church is going through a process of revitalization in some form or another. I have never met a pastor who did not want their church to be healthier or to grow. Every church that I have served in tirelessly worked to be more useful for the glory of … Read more Understanding The Pastor’s Role in Church Revitalization