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January 30, 2018 by John Mark Clifton | Send Network
For 300 years, Baptist churches in North America have chosen to partner with through local associations, for the glory of God and effective kingdom work. One of the primary strengths of the local Baptist association is that it is just that — local. It's indigenous to its environment. It is part...
January 25, 2018 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
In the world of church replanting, finding and developing partnerships between stronger and weaker churches is absolutely critical, if we are going to see a decline in the closure rate of congregations. Fortunately, interest in replanting is increasing, and stronger churches are looking for...
January 23, 2018 by Dan Conrades | Send Network
Some of the best church planting advice I ever received had nothing to do with preaching, evangelism, or budgets. It was a statement made during our church planting boot camp while our replanting team skyped with a fellow church planter serving in Cleveland, Ohio. He said that, from his...
January 18, 2018 by Jason Helmbacher | Send Network
Having pastored established churches since 2001, I made some unfortunate assumptions as God moved us into this season of leading a replant. Because I had experienced a certain rate of growth in each of the previous churches I served, it made perfect sense to me that the same would happen in a...
January 16, 2018 by Mark Hallock | Send Network
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...
January 11, 2018 by Mark Hallock | Send Network
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 very discouraging at times. Replanting a congregation definitely has its ups and downs. It can be discouraging when...
January 8, 2018 by Jim Breeden | Send Network
While churches are autonomous under the headship of Christ, God has designed the local body of believers to be connected to His larger family for accountability and edification. In Southern Baptist church life, the local association of churches makes these types of connections possible. Such...
January 3, 2018 by Mark Hallock | Send Network
Perhaps you already are sold on the idea of church replanting. You understand the sad reality that congregations in our country are sick and dying and need radical help. The question is this: How can you, and perhaps your church, get involved in replanting dying churches? I want to encourage you...
November 30, 2017 by Sterling Edwards | Send Network
It would be hard to count how many times I have said the words, “so what did you think?” to my wife following a sermon. Maybe we were in the car, maybe we had just sat down to lunch, or maybe we were still at the church. Regardless of where we were, there have been hundreds of times that I have...
November 28, 2017 by Bob Bickford | Send Network
It will happen to you. One Sunday, you’ll find yourself in the pulpit preaching, looking at the congregation and realizing that the sermon you’re preaching isn’t connecting. It isn’t flowing. It’s not clear to the congregation. It’s not clear to you either, in fact, it’s just falling flat. That...