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Church Revitalization

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.

How to bring about change in your church (without getting fired)

Bring about change in your church through careful, patient, and intentional leadership.

Dangers of denial in 
a declining church

Many dying churches refuse to see the diminishing influence of their churches for the good of the Kingdom and do nothing about it. Denial means more and more churches will be closing their doors.

Restoring the church’s first love: a case study from the church at Ephesus

In our terms, Paul sends Timothy to revitalize the church at Ephesus.