By Scott Slayton, Lead Pastor of Chelsea Village Baptist Church, Chelsea, AL
“Ninety percent of churches are plateaued or declining.” How many times have pastors heard this at a conference, read it in an article, or seen it in their Twitter feed? The reality of plateaued and declining churches means that the vast majority of pastors in the United States labor in a revitalizing situation. Even pastors who lead church plants find their churches in need of revitalization after a couple of years.
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By D.A. Horton, urban church planter, previously the National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at NAMB
The United States is “browning” statistically and spiritually. That’s what Richard Rodriguez calls the contemporary blending of the cultural and ethnic hues residing in our country.
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By Josh King, lead pastor of Sachse’s Church in Sachse, TX
Ask five people what it takes to revitalize a church, and you will likely get five different answers. Depending on the day, you may even get ten different answers. Most people who are trying to revitalize churches have more questions than answers: What should I do to fix things here? What should I avoid? And what would actually qualify as a “win?”
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