Church Planting is for Wimps: Revitalizing a Church around the Gospel

Ran across an interesting lesson from the Advance Conference being held in North Carolina this weekend.

I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on successful church revitalization efforts recently. There are some interesting stories out there; J.D. Greear’s is among them.

According to him, in order for a church revitalization to be successful the members must get away from pharisaical religiosity and embrace Jesus above all else. The lesson I’m posting today unpacks that.

Check it out:

As J.D. says on his blog, this lesson doesn’t present a step by step process to church revitalization, but does speak against attitudes that will kill one (I’ll post more on the process as I see it later).

I’d like to begin archiving resources like this one – there is huge interest in the topic of church revitalization right now. If any of you have additional resources to point me to, please do. Our team in San Francisco can use them, and I know we’re not alone.

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3 thoughts on “Church Planting is for Wimps: Revitalizing a Church around the Gospel

  1. PASTOR.C.DONALD ABRAHAM says:

    Dear in Christ,
    Greetings in the matchless name of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
    we are seeing your website very useful our ministry
    Our ministry area is in Coimbatore the District in Tamilnadu State . We are involved in various ministries.
    We conduct personal prayer two days in a week. Lot of people belonging to various religions participates in the meetings. Many were delivered from various problems through this ministry.
    This prayer meeting is conducted in a rental building. Once a month we gather together and pray for the revival in India and the blessing of the people in our city- this is a fasting prayer. Many people participate for these prayers. Many received miracle healing and deliverance from the clutches of demon.
    Once in a month we conduct a fasting prayer in a auditorium. Every week on Sundays evenings we have prayers for the people who were under the bondage of various problems (deliverance meetings). Even the heathen people participate in these meetings. We have lot of testimonies. We will share with you in the near future for the testimonies.
    Once a year by the grace of God we conduct a Deliverance festival (Crusade meetings) in a big open ground. Thousands of people attend in the meetings.
    We were invited to preach the gospel in many churches. We go by a team and conduct the meetings.
    These are the various kinds of ministries. We trust in God and do the ministry. We fully depend upon God and our ministry is a faith ministry… God provides all our needs.
    As the ministry is growing fast and at present we are conducting the meeting in rental building we pray earnestly to God to have a own land and construct the church, that would help us to bring more people into the vineyard. We pray to God and you can assist our ministry as the Lord leads you.
    Our future vision is to have the following ministries:
    1. To start orphanages for the poor and needy children.
    2. To start village ministry – preaching the Word in the interior villages and hamlets where there is no gospel.
    3. Television ministry – presenting the Word of God through Television.
    4. Hill tribe ministry. There are many tribal areas adjacent to Coimbatore city.

    5.Widow and aged people orphanage

    6.To start prayer cell

    7.students education help

    8.Pastor’s and Evangelist fellowship

    9.Woman’s ministries

    Please uphold our ministry in your prayers. Please pray for our ministry.
    May the Lord use you mightily in India and save a group of people through your ministry. We pray that God would use you ministry throughout world. We uphold you, your family and the ministry in our prayers. Kindly pray for us.
    looking forward to hearing from you.
    in His Vineyard
    by
    DONALD ABRAHAM
    E-mail :
    miracleofjesusministries@ yahoo.com
    miracledonald@gmail.com
    http://freewebs.com/ miracleofjesus/

    I am waiting for your reply
    I AM ATTEND YOUR CONFERENCE PLEASE SEND A INVITATION LETTER
    you come India , You preach the word of GOD.We are arrange crusade you pray , you contact with me..
    PLEASE PRAY THE LORD LEAD YOU SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY
    OUR ADDRESS
    C.DONALD ABRAHAM
    MIRACLE OF JESUS MINISTRIES
    835.M.T.P.ROAD
    NEAR POOMARKET
    COIMBATORE.641002
    SOUTH INDIA
    PH 0091 9842219223
    WE ARE VERY SUFFER IN MINISTRY FOR CHRISTIAN OPPOSITE GROUPS.VERY VERY SUFFER IN OUR MINISTRY.

    WE ARE INTERESTED JOIN YOUR ORGANIZATION. YOU PRAY THE LORD LEAD YOU.
    YOU COME INDIA WE ARRANGE MIRACLE CRUSADE

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