Church Revitalization

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An annual physical is an integral part of the regimen for a healthy life physically. During that time, a physician will do a check of vital signs and conduct whatever tests are needed for the patient. This is often called an annual checkup.

A regular checkup to determine the health of a church is a good practice as well. With the welcomed, renewed emphasis upon church revitalization, pastors and other key leaders can seize the opportunity to check the spiritual vital signs of the health of their church families.

Your state missionaries are seeking to be good partners in this quest for healthier churches through church revitalization. We pledge our support to you as you determine how best to lead your church through a revitalization process. Our prayer is that together we can be healthy leaders guiding healthy churches endeavoring to be even more effective in Great Commission Ministries.

The State Board of Missions wants to assist you as pastor with your desire to lead your church from where it is to where it should be. Often the best place to start, just like with your personal health, is with self-diagnosis. Take a moment and answer the following questions yes or no.

  • In the past five years, have baptisms increased?
  • Did your church engage in three or more outreach events this past year?
  • Is your Sunday School attendance growing?
  • As pastor, is your vision for the church expanding?
  • Is your worship attendance increasing?
  • Is your missions giving increasing?
  • Are a majority of your deacons under 60 years of age?
  • Does your church have active missions organizations?
  • Would you describe your church as an Acts 1:8 congregation, committed to reaching your community and the world?
  • Does your church have an effective process of discovering, training and involving leaders?

If you answered no to four or more questions, you might be a candidate for church revitalization.

If you as pastor would like to be part of a church revitalization process, contact the State Board’s Office of LeaderCare and Church Administration. At your request, you’ll be assigned a coach who will guide you through the selection process of one of many identified strategies available to you.

The coach will make a contact within two weeks to confirm the plans and schedule the initial visit.

The coach will monitor the process and remain in contact with the pastor for a year, through monthly phone calls and quarterly visits. The coach will serve as a conduit for communication and encouragement.

To begin the process, call 1-800-264-1225, ext. 210, or (334) 613-2210, or email State Missionary Mike Jackson. Begin your church’s journey into revitalization today!

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