As the Lord continues to shape as well as “re-shape” my ministry, I am humbled at the fact that He allows me to do what I do. (And even what I do is not a whole lot!) While in the preparations of moving from Houston to San Antonio, the Lord has for about a couple of years been cultivating and igniting my heart for new things. Not necessarily new things that have never been done before, but new things that I have never done before.
As I am convinced that the Lord has called me to be an evangelist, pastor and church planter, I am becoming more convinced each day that He is launching me out onto new waters in the area of “Church Revitalization”. Revitalization is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “imbue (something) with new life and vitality”. As pastor William T. Chaney Jr states, “Church revitalization is a special calling with a peculiar gift set. Honoring the past, while disrupting the present, to create a different vision for the future….”
When I consider church revitalization, it’s like being sent to not only recharge a dying and/or struggling congregation, but it’s also being used of the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do which is to resurrect the body back to life! What an awesome and yet nerve-racking responsibility. Yet, I see how the Lord is raising men and women alike to endeavour in this special area of congregational importance.
With this in mind, how would one accomplish the task of revitalization? Here are a few thoughts:
The mission is to assist specific congregations that have found herself on “life support”, with the purpose of putting new life and vision back into the people and mission.
a.) To assist in developing a fresh vision from the Lord for the church.
b.) To assist in developing young leaders as well as reestablish older leaders to take on the project of revitalization.
c.) To make discipleship training and Bible study available for those who are in membership.
e.) To involve stronger established congregations around the area to take part in this kingdom building project.
d.) To glorify God with excellence.
I am sure you can think of other important issues that must take heed when revitalizing a congregation, I just wanted to give you some preliminary thought(s) as to what the goals would need to be as to the “if” and “when” the Lord would ever call you to accomplish such a task.
As my family and I are in prayer and waiting, I ask that you pray with us and for us as we lean towards this area of ministry. At the same time, if this has been your heart and calling, and you are looking for a place to serve and make an impact in the kingdom, leave me a personal message with your information and let’s connect for kingdoms sake!