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Church Revitalization (part 3)

I've been sharing here some thoughts on church revitalization, a relevant topic for most congregations, and specifically the shifts that I believe are necessary for our churches to experience revitalization.



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Church Revitalization (part 2)

Last month I promised to explain the shifts I believe are necessary for congregations to experience revitalization in our current ministry environment. And make no mistake. Change must occur. We follow a myth when we assume that, if we just keep doing what we’ve always done, God will suddenly bless us.



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Church Revitalization (part 1)

It’s often hard to separate the fluff from the substance when discussing church revitalization. Much of what one reads in articles and blog posts is anecdotal, based on a particular situation, described from a determined point of view. And even the best sources are often in conflict as to how best proceed in strengthening congregations today. Despite this, I’d like to share two observations I believe are most clear about the need for revitalization today.



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How Unified Is Your Church?

In Acts 4:32, Luke the physician notes, “… the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul.”



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Let's Make Change

Whenever I have an opportunity to preach for one of our churches, I try to communicate how our area is changing. It’s impossible to deny. The Bible Belt culture many of us grew up with, where one could be assured that his neighbors at least knew the basics of the Gospel and respected Biblical values, is passing away. In its place is a mostly secular culture in which Christian values are not only rejected, but are set apart as inappropriate and unwelcome.



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A Message from the Philippines

Greetings from Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Republic of the Philippines. I am here with a team from First Baptist Church of Wake Village, witnessing God's movement and exploring how churches of the BBA might join in His work among the Filipino people.



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Need Leaders? Try Growing Them

A question I hear often is, “Where can my church find new leaders?” Usually it comes from persons in smaller churches in need of Sunday School or ministry leadership. But occasionally I hear it from larger churches seeking staff - fully-funded or bivocational. I know of several churches in and around the BBA that for a while have sought youth or worship leaders.



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Fall Speed Ahead

Wow, how the time flies. It seems like the year began only yesterday, yet here we are wrapping up summer and heading into the fall.



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What a Difference a Day Makes!

I am often asked, “What can be accomplished in a day?” It’s a valid question from our human perspective. After all, one day - 24 hours - is a rather brief period of time. Most problems people deal with take far more than one day to develop, and likely take longer to solve. Give us more time, we say. We need more time.



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What's 222?

When you see in this number, 222? Some see redundancy. Others see a mathematical product. Some folks my age and older see an obscure TV show from the 66’s.



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We live by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7