A Story of Revitalization

The Reform of First Baptist Church of Durham

By Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

On Sunday morning, August 19, 2001, I began corporate worship at First Baptist Church (FBC) Durham by calling on the members of the church to repent.

Why Revitalize

The Bible’s Burden for Church Revitalization

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

Like Paul, we should have a burden to revitalize churches that are in various stages of sickness. And we’ve got no shortage of those churches, especially in America.

Why Revitalize?

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

If you don’t want to be a reformer, you don’t want to be a pastor.

The Pros and Cons of Planting and Revitalizing

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

Church planting and church revitalizing share the same goal: to see a God-glorifying church established where it does not currently exist.

How to Revitalize

Be a Tortoise, not a Hare

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

Perhaps seminaries should offer a class in the exegesis of Aesop. Too often, pastors come to a new congregation and shoot off at a hare’s pace to turn the church around.

A Roadmap for Church Reform

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

Here’s a short roadmap on the road to church reform that might help you keep your bearings as you move forward.

What Makes a Church Reform Possible?

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

When a church is transformed, the gospel surges forward as the community is confronted with a genuine corporate witness for Christ.

Five Factors that Brought Life to a Dying Church

By J. D. Greear | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

Only God brings life to dead things. But here are some lessons I learned that I believe contributed to our church’s revitalization.

Five Unexpected Lessons in Church Revitalization

By Brian Croft | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.28.2011

The gospel can not only build a local church, but rebuild it also—sometimes in surprising, unexpected ways.

Pastors’ Forum: Do’s and Don’ts of Church Reform

By B. Johnson, G. Kell, M. Dever, M. Lawrence, M. McKinley, T. Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.28.2011

What to do—and what not to do—in the midst of church reform.

Book Reviews on Church Revitalization

uturn church

Book Review: The U-Turn Church, by Kevin Harney and Bob Bouwer

Review by Brian Croft | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.28.2011

Here are a few ways this book can help pastors who are reforming churches, as well as cautions you will want to consider as you read.

Renovation of the Church

Book Review: Renovation of the Church, by Kent Carlson and Mike Luken

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.28.2011

This book tells the story of how and why the authors turned a seemingly thriving seeker church into a church in which forming mature disciples of Jesus is the central concern.

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