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September 26, 2017 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
There’s no one singular person so critical to the logistical success of your worship gathering than your sound/tech volunteer. Someone skilled in this role is often not noticed; that’s a good thing, and it’s really the goal. When the slides transition at the appropriate times and the mics turn on...
September 21, 2017 by John Mark Clifton | Send Network
One of the primary and foundational steps in replanting a dying church is to get the hearts of the remaining members to warm once again to the gospel. As we often say rather than seeing the remaining members as an obstacle to your ministry, know that the remaining members are your first ministry...
September 21, 2017 by Replant | Send Network
We recently asked several Replanters how their church approaches having children in the worship services. Henry Criss- Faith Ridgeland Church , Ridgeland South Carolina Building bridges across generational lines is a high priority for us at...
September 20, 2017 | Send Network
In this episode, Bob Bickford and Mark Clifton answer an audience favorite, “What is the difference between revitalization and replanting?” Discover where replanting and revitalization overlap as well as what principles maintain their distinctions. You don’t want to miss this! For more...
September 14, 2017 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
Most replants are resource hungry. In many cases the interior of the building is long overdue for a remodel, the HVAC systems need replacing and the church’s technology could be mid 90s at best. Replanting is an uphill climb. One of the most critical needs is in staffing. Aside from a children’s...
September 12, 2017 by Brian Croft | Send Network
I have found there is a helpful way to evaluate the worship services of a particular Lord’s day and train young men for this aspect of pastoral ministry at the same time. It is something we call, “service review.”
September 7, 2017 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
I remember the first Sunday I went in view of a call to the church we would ultimately replant. There were many things that stood out which would likely require attention once we began the work there, one being worship. You know the song; “This is the Day” most frequently categorized as a...
September 6, 2017 | Send Network
In this special episode, executive director of missions, Jim Breeden, for the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association joins host Bob Bickford to discuss the role of local associations in replanting churches. Over 18 years ago, local associations existed to make sure every church had the resources...
September 5, 2017 by Jason Helmbacher | Send Network
Replanting an existing church in my experience is a lot like turning the light switch off, rearranging the furniture while it’s dark and then flipping the switch back on. When the lights come back on, people can be surprised. Replanting can be a turbo-charged change process. These changes are...
September 1, 2017 by Adam Wyatt | Send Network
A few months ago my family and I made the most difficult decision to leave our current church and move three hours away to a community that we had never heard of when I accepted a call to pastor a different church. It was an agonizing decision because we truly loved our church and the people; we...