The first step in the Church Revitalization process is intentional prayer—deep, purposeful, strategic prayer. The pastor is then paired with a revitalization coach who walks alongside him through a journey of careful evaluation, strategic planning, and more prayer.
Through those times of purposeful communion with God, the pastor often experiences a fresh sense of purpose and spiritual renewal. Pastor Nathan Sims of First Baptist Church, New Brockton (FBCNB), believes the key to true revitalization lies with the pastor. “My greatest takeaway from that year [of coaching] was an encouragement to not give up or quit,” he said.
“The pastor must have a dream and a vision of what God wants to do in the church and in the town/city where He has called you to serve. The pastor, first, must believe that God wants to do a work in that place and must look for and champion the ‘small victories’ and build on those. God uses those ‘small victories’ to encourage,” he said.
Those “small victories” in his church began with investing in relationships with younger families in his community one by one. FBCNB’s congregation was once aging and facing an uncertain future, but now they are staying stronger than ever with a renewed passion for God’s mission.
- Pray for First Baptist Church, New Brockton, and Pastor Nathan. Ask the Lord to continue to breathe new life into this congregation.
- Pray for churches like FBCNB who are facing a changing demographic in their congregation and surrounding community.
- Pray for fresh vision for any pastors in our state who may feel discouraged. Ask God to help them find small victories that add up to make a big difference.