An estimated 65-75 percent of Southern Baptist churches are not gaining in membership and in fact many are declining in number. Changing communities and a changing culture make it difficult for existing churches to engage the unchurched with the gospel, but the task is not impossible.
Pastors and churches need encouragement and assistance as they strive to be vital, growing, Great Commission churches that are reaching people for Jesus.
The Church Revitalization/Replant Conference will be just such an opportunity. The free conference will be held Feb. 25 from 1:30–4:00 p.m. at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, 1114 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham. The conference is organized by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and is open to anyone interested in learning about how to help a church that is struggling with community engagement and growth or who wants to learn proven strategies to prevent stagnation in membership.
“The quicker churches realize the need for a turnaround and ask for help, the easier it is and the stronger it is for that church to make the turn,” said George Yates, a church health strategist working with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) in the office of LeaderCare and church health.
Mark Clifton, senior director of replanting at the North American Mission Board and author of “Reclaiming Glory: Creating a Gospel Legacy throughout North America,” is the featured speaker. Clifton has served as a pastor, church planter, church revitalizer, mission strategist, coach and mentor to young leaders. He has planted and replanted numerous churches and has also served as a national and regional leader for church planting and missions.
The first 300 people to register for the Feb. 25 conference will receive a copy of Clifton’s newest book.
For more information about the conference, contact Daniel Wilson at the SBOM office at 334-613-2343 or email him at email@example.com.
For more information about Church Revitalization and to register for the free conference (located under the Events tab), go to https://alsbom.org/revitalization/. (TAB)