DOM annual meeting emphasizes church revitalization

The Director of Missions annual meeting was held Nov. 11 at Faith Family Fellowship, Spanish Fort. 

Mark Gainey, pastor of Fultondale First Baptist Church, was the keynote speaker for the meeting, which focused on church revitalization.

“Church revitalization is like a crockpot, not a microwave,” he said. “There are no silver bullets, no secret sauces. We grow a church discipling a few people at a time, not with mass events. Nothing will happen outside of relationships.” 

Following lunch a panel, moderated by Gainey and consisting of George Yates, church health strategist with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions; Rob Jackson, associate professor of Christian studies at University of Mobile; Mark Tew, president of Judson College; and Andy Westmoreland, president of Samford University, discussed key points to always remember when serving under the Great Commission.

“We are nobodies. It’s all God,” Jackson said. “God can use a nobody. God gets the glory. Don’t neglect the Holy Spirit.” (TAB)