A Story of Revitalization
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.
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.
If you don’t want to be a reformer, you don’t want to be a pastor.
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
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.
Here’s a short roadmap on the road to church reform that might help you keep your bearings as you move forward.
When a church is transformed, the gospel surges forward as the community is confronted with a genuine corporate witness for Christ.
Only God brings life to dead things. But here are some lessons I learned that I believe contributed to our church’s revitalization.
The gospel can not only build a local church, but rebuild it also—sometimes in surprising, unexpected ways.
What to do—and what not to do—in the midst of church reform.
Book Reviews on Church Revitalization
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.
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.