Believers in Alabama Baptist Churches across the state are hitting their knees and asking the Lord for renewed focus and recharged fervor. Leadership from a church in decline has the opportunity to reach out to the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and take part in a revitalization process tailor-made for them. The first step is steady, intense, corporate and private prayer. And in that first step, these churches are learning—and re-learning—the incredible power of strategic intercession.
Approximately 60 state missionaries and key leaders from across Alabama have been equipped to serve alongside these pastors as coaches and encouragers. The pastors commit to a process of coaching that involves praying, followed by evaluating, dreaming and planning. “We want them to know they really can experience a breakthrough that leads to renewal and revitalization. We want them to know there is hope,” said State Missionary Mike Jackson.
After the proven prayer strategy, some churches have experienced growth with a name change, such as The Church at Grants Mill in Irondale. Others have experienced a breakthrough with a replant, such as Willow Street in Scottsboro or Cornerstone in Gadsden. Or others find growth through a multisite approach, like 3Circle Church in Mobile.
Through your prayers during this week and your faithful giving to the Myers-Mallory State Missions Offering, you are helping revitalized churches make a tremendous difference!
- PRAY FOR churches who have experienced a plateau or decline to commit to the revitalization process and for God to hear and answer their prayers for renewal.
- PRAY FOR the church revitalization coaches who have been trained by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions as they come alongside struggling congregations.
- PRAY FOR renewed energy, direction and results for those churches currently in the revitalization process.