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October 3, 2017 by Josh King | Send Network
Hiring your first staff member has to rank up there with one of the most challenging tasks a pastor can take on. For one, your congregation has grown to be able to afford it and need it. On the other hand, we all know that a bad hire is potentially a mistake that will cause issues for years. My...
September 28, 2017 by Nathan Rose | Send Network
Back in March of 2012, I preached in view of a call at the church I am currently pastoring. For those of you who have not experienced this, you preach your best sermon, answer a bunch of questions from the members (some are softballs and some are curveballs) and then anxiously wait for the church...
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...