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People who are opposed to the gospel are not opposed to ice cream.

We are not out to make smarter sinners; we are out to make disciples.

A group of 10 that doubles every 18 months will reach 1000 in 10 years.

Guidelines to Revitalization

In this study, 324 comeback churches were surveyed in order to seek answers to the questions of what and how to make a comeback from a trend of spiraling downward, both spiritually and numerically. How did 324 churches start growing again after experiencing a pattern... read more

Church Revitalization: A 100 year old perspective

In the Reports of the Conference we find the same thoughts expressed in different words. Thus in Vol. I., “Carrying the Gospel,” we read under 3A, “The missionary problem of the Church to-day is not primarily a financial problem, but it is how to ensure a vitality... read more

Top three factors of church revitalization

Respondents were asked to identify the top three factors that led to their church being revitalized. Overall, the top three responses were “prayer,” “evangelism/outreach,” and “preaching.” These words were identified in 44.7 percent, 37.2 percent, and 25 percent of... read more

Prerequisites for revitalization, part 2

A God-Sized Vision Take time to study the Scripture concerning the makeup of the church. Many excellent books have been written that develop a clear ecclesiology and practice for the church. Look beyond these books and ask, “What would God want for my church?” What do... read more

The prerequisite to revitalization

Before a pastor initializes a program for revitalization, some simple steps need to be followed. I recognize that these steps may seem to be rather unsophisticated and even condescending. One would think that every Christian knows how to do a quiet time, but the fact... read more

What happens when revitalization comes?

In their book Firefall: How God Has Shaped History through Revivals, Malcolm McDow and Alvin L. Reid chronicle the results of this Second Great Awakening from 1787 to 1843: Great revival always leads to significant evangelism and church growth. From 1800 to 1830... read more

A surprising discovery among comeback churches

While it was no surprise that prayer was the number one area that changed during the comeback, we found it fascinating that children’s ministry and youth ministry were in the top five. We didn’t necessarily expect to find them rated that high, but once the... read more

The state of the church :-(

Here are some depressing statistics: 1,400 pastors in America leave the ministry monthly Less than 20% of churches recognized or appreciated their pastor in some way annually Only 15% of churches in the United States are growing and just 2.2% of those are growing by... read more

Servant Evangelism–one story

Chuck was an alcoholic for years. Like many veterans of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), he had an experience with his “Higher Power” and thankfully stopped drinking. “But there is a difference,” he says, “between stopping the negative patterns and filling yourself with... read more

8 Signs of Church Health

Take note of these identifying characteristics of church health: An Authoritative View of Scripture. Simon Peter’s sermon was filled with Old Testament quotes. Once the church was established, the Scripture declares, “So those who accepted his message were baptized... read more

Coffee evangelism

In a heartfelt note to me, Al described himself as a “former highly driven, money-motivated entrepreneur.” He usually worked sixty hours a week at his consulting business. Though he was raised attending church, he says he “evaporated” shortly after his first communion... read more

Willowcreek’s vision for small groups

Here is our vision for the small group effort at Willow Creek: To become a church where nobody stands alone. We want our people to know that we want to become something—a place where there is always a seat at the table of community. We are the body of Christ, the... read more

Why Revitalization?

The first question that one must ask is, “Why is there such a great need for church revitalization?” The answer to that question is simple. At present, anywhere from thirty-five hundred to four thousand churches across denominational lines are closing their doors... read more

Church Health and Church Revitalization

In church circles today, many writers and bloggers on the church have moved away from the church growth terminology in favor of church health. I am drawn back to classic books on church growth by Donald McGavran, Understanding Church Growth, Thom Rainer, The Book of... read more

Revitalization: top down or bottom up?

Before discipleship can become the heart of the church, elders must exemplify the objective. How to do this will come later, but long-term revitalization of existing churches and the establishment of right priorities in new churches will not happen without it.... read more

Guidelines to Revitalization

In this study, 324 comeback churches were surveyed in order to seek answers to the questions of what and how to make a comeback from a trend of spiraling downward, both spiritually and numerically. How did 324 churches start growing again after experiencing a pattern... read more

Outward vss inward focus

Comeback churches gained a new sense of purpose. It is a temptation that is common to all pastors, people, and churches (1 Cor. 10:13). The church begins with a vibrant vision and an outward focus toward reaching the community for Christ, but then a subtle shift... read more

Flake’s Formula

Arthur Flake provided strategic leadership for Sunday School development within the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1920 he was appointed head of the Sunday School Board’s new department of Sunday School Administration. Flake soon developed and popularized principles... read more
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