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Church Revitalization

5 reasons a shrinking church may be a good thing

Not all church decline is bad.

2 lies every pastor’s wife needs to stop believing

Ministry wives, you’re going to make mistakes, but the perfect and holy God provides his strength through my weaknesses, which far outweighs any pastor’s-wife-concocted perfection or friendship scheme that I can devise.

Six stages of a dying church

It’s not pleasant but if we don’t talk about dying churches, we will act like there are no problems.

The Reformation of FBC Durham

North Carolina pastor Andy Davis revitalized his church through verse-by-verse expository preaching

Beware of ‘preacher eater’ churches

A preacher eater church has a series of short-term pastors, and those departing pastors have few positive words to say about them.

Staying at a church for the long haul

It’s best for both the health of a church and its pastor for him to dig in and stay

Why should you stay a long time in the same church?

I was grateful to learn that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God had entrusted to me.

What if I barely received a favorable vote?

Seven questions to ask before you make a hasty decision

6 things to remember when making changes in a local church

Change occurs through people. People follow leaders, and leaders know the value of relationship.

How do you shepherd a dying and divided church?

A pastor should first come in, love them where they are, earn their trust, then break the news to them of their current state.

What to do when your church is not revitalizing?

Whether you labor in a church of thousands or a church of twenty where everyone has the same last name, pray that king Jesus would be glorified by your life and your ministry.

Should I leave my church? 8 critical questions

No doubt, there are other questions that may need to be asked, but some of these helped me make this solemn decision.

Practical questions to ask before entering church revitalization

Every church revitalizer must remember that new life comes about not by pushing all the right buttons, but by the grace of God.

Church revitalization: A biblical approach

The numbers are staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local churches close their doors every year. What is even more disheartening about this statistic is that number only reflects Southern Baptist Churches — my denomination. Imagine how that number grows if you added the number of closing local churches from other established denominations, which some assert…

Ask a professor: Am I called to plant or revitalize?

Editors’ note: This article begins an occasional series called “Ask a Professor” in which a member of the SBTS faculty will answer practical or theological questions related to preparing for ministry in the local church. If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this series, e-mail our blog editor at jrobinson@sbts.edu. ___________________________…

I Just Arrived to Pastor a Dying Church… Now What?

The best approach for a pastor when entering a dysfunctional, dying congregation is to simply be a pastor to those people.