How can I get involved in the replanting of dying churches? Part 3

Here are two more ways you can get involved in the replanting of dying churches... #3: Serve a replant as a volunteer One of the greatest ways you can get involved in helping a replant is by serving as a volunteer in some capacity. What a joy it will be for you to serve this congregation! Likewise, it will be a great blessing for the replanter and members of the replant to have you come and serve. You will want to touch base with the replanting pastor and ask how you can best serve this replant. My guess is that there will be a large various of ways this replant can put you to work, particularly at their weekend worship gathering. They may need your help with anything from leading music, to

Ten Little-Known Books I Read And Loved In 2017

Books. I love them. It's so funny, for the first half of my life the only thing you could get me to read was maybe an article out of Sports Illustrated. But over time, as God opened my eyes more and more to His beauty and wonder, He made me into a reader. This year I was blessed to read many great books. Just for fun, let me share ten of my favorite little-known reads of 2017, in no particular order. These are all books I highly recommend checking out. 1. Renewal as a Way of Life: A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth, by Richard Lovelace. His book, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, is one of my all-time favorites from my seminary days. I have heard of this companion book for years but had never read i

How can I get involved in the replanting of dying churches? - Part 2

Along with intentional, committed prayer, here is a second way you can get involved in the replanting of dying churches... #2: Encourage replanters and their families...like crazy!!!! Replanting is not for everyone. It takes a particular gift mix and a clear calling from the Lord. And, like every other ministry, serving as a pastor of a church replant can be at times very discouraging. There are ups and downs when replanting a congregation. It can be discouraging when young families come and visit but don’t stay because you can’t offer the same types of children’s programming that the large church down the street does. It is discouraging when it seems like the congregation is not catching yo

How can I get involved in the replanting of dying churches? - Part 1

Perhaps you are sitting there and you are sold on the idea of church replanting. You understand the sad reality that congregations in our country are sick and dying and they need radical help. The question is this: How can you, and perhaps your church, get involved in the replanting of dying churches? I want to encourage you to consider several specific ways you can get involved in the replanting of dying churches right now. As you consider these different avenues of involvement, perhaps you will need to find a specific replant to partner with if you aren’t already connected to one. If this is the case, you may want to reach out to pastors or denominational leaders who may be aware of new re

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