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  • Endure trials in church revitalization, pastors say

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Pastors should endure amidst ministry challenges, said leading voices in church revitalization at the summer Alumni Academy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Despite challenges and trials involved in church revitalization, ministers who are turning around congregations should maintain their vision for a healthy, biblically sound local church. They need to focus on God's plan instead of being discouraged when people scowl at biblical preaching, said Andy Davis, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, N.C., and author of "Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again." Read More

  • WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches.

    Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.

    "Lord, open the door and we will go," they always said.

    In 1975 the couple helped begin their last church, Harpeth First Baptist in rural ... Read More

  • Association pioneers church revitalization model

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Two years ago, First Baptist Church of Affton, Mo., knew it was dying. So it sought help from the local St. Louis Metro Baptist Association.

    In a process facilitated by executive director of missions Jim Breeden, First Baptist decided to replant itself in March 2016 as Church at Affton, led by replanter Jason Helmbacher. During its first year, the replant baptized 15 new believers and has come to average just over 100 worship attendees -- about 40 of whom were First Baptist members before the replant. Read More

  • 'Grand reopening' helps resurrect church

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, May 06, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FLAT LICK, Ky. (BP) -- Dallas Lewis vividly recalls those Sunday mornings not so long ago when Poplar Grove Baptist Church in southeastern Kentucky sat empty and eerily quiet.

    But that was then. Lewis, a local businessman who serves as associate pastor, credits the Lord for impressing upon a handful of local residents and idea to get Poplar Grove up and running again by applying a well-tested business tactic -- a grand reopening. Read More

  • State leaders discuss church revitalization

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, April 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Church growth is a "supernatural event, and therefore church revitalization is more of a spiritual issue than a mechanical one," said Ken Hemphill, director for North Greenville University's Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, during a meeting of leaders from 14 Baptist state conventions.

    Hemphill was a guest speaker at the March 21-22 meeting in Charleston, S.C., where the network of leaders focused on sharing best practices related to work in church revitalization. Also present were representatives from LifeWay Christian Resources and the North American Mission Board as well as several leaders from local associations in South Carolina. Read More

  • Revitalization effort transforms dying Tenn. church

    by Connie Davis Bushey/Baptist & Reflector, posted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HERMITAGE, Tenn. (BP) -- "This is a story of coming from dying to being healthy again," said Bill Blair at the Church Revitalization Conference: Giving Hope for Change of his journey.

    Blair was referring to his experience with revitalization as pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn. The conference was held Aug. 31-Sept.1 at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church by the Tennessee Baptist Convention in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources and Nashville Baptist Association. Read More

  • Church revitalization, change addressed at conf.

    by Lonnie Wilkey and Connie Bushey/Baptist & Reflector, posted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HERMITAGE, Tenn. (BP) -- Church revitalization requires change.

    Though it was said in different ways, that was the general theme echoed several times during the Church Revitalization Conference: Giving Hope for Change, held at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage, Tenn.

    The conference, which included messages and breakout sessions on different aspects of church revitalization was sponsored by the Tennessee Baptist ... Read More

  • Declining church morphs into 4 new congregations

    by Mike Creswell, posted Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HIGH POINT, N.C. (BP) -- Albertson Road Baptist Church was once a strong congregation, drawing members from around south High Point to its building, located not far off U.S. 29. But in more recent years, the church was ailing as local factories closed. Many white residents moved away and many Hispanics and Asians moved in.

    "We wanted to reach them but we didn't speak Spanish," recalled Debbie Ford, an member of the North Carolina church for about 30 years. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Revitalizing your church

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, August 24, 2015 (2 years ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- SBC President Ronnie Floyd sets forth nine principles for revitalizing a church. In today's world of endless change, Floyd writes, the need is inescapable for "seasons that involve brutal honesty, leading us to re-create our churches and restore the hope that God can use our churches to reach our community." Read More

  • Replanted church grows from 13 to 1,300

    by Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 years ago)

    CONYERS, Ga. (BP) -- If Eric Suddith would have looked at Emmanuel Baptist Mission Church as only a business proposition in 2004 when he first encountered it, the Wharton-trained businessman-turned-pastor might have given it up for dead. Just over a decade old at the time, the church had dwindled to eight members. It had no plan to move forward and impact its community.

    But Suddith knew that Emmanuel wasn't a business proposition. It was a spiritual one. Read More