There is a unique and special power and testimony in not just a vibrant local church full of life, but an old historic one that had lost its way, was on life support, and into which God saw fit to breathe life once again. Biblical Church Revitalization calls us to an intentional commitment to church revitalization in the face of dying and divided churches.
Table of Contents:
Section 1: Church Revitalization – Defined
1. Power: How does God revitalize a dying church?
2. Preparation: How does a pastor prepare to revitalize a church?
3. Perseverance: How does a pastor persevere in revitalizing a church?
4. Plan: How is church revitalization accomplished?
Section 2: Church Revitalization – Diagnosed
5. Authority: Who is in charge?
6. Leadership: Whom do I follow?
7. Membership: To whom am I accountable?
8. Unity: Who is my brother?
9. Worship: Why do we gather together?
Section 3: Church Revitalization – Done
10. History and Background
11. The Storm: The first five years
12. The Ship Turns: The next five years
13. Important Lessons Learned
Conclusion: A final appeal
Appendix: Church Revitalization Internship Syllabus
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"I loved this book. Immensely practical and completely realistic. This should be a must read for all pastors and church planters when it comes to handling expectations of the ministry. Very, very good. Get on it." - Mez McConnell, Pastor, Niddrie Community Church and Ministry Director of 20Schemes
"Some books are written from ivory towers. Biblical Church Revitalization is not one of them. Brian Croft writes about church revitalization as one who has labored in the trenches of this work for several years ... this book is a "must read" on the topic of revitalizing churches." Timothy K. Beougher, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
"... outlines a simple, biblical guide for church revitalization that can benefit pastors in churches of any size, and lessons from his personal journey augment a thoroughly biblical approach to the task of church revitalization." - Thom S. Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources and author of Autopsy of a Deceased Church
"... an inspirational, instructive and insightful volume on how to minister effectively to churches that are dying, stagnant or declining." - Harry L. Reeder, Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
"... Brian Croft takes you along on a compelling journey that saw the Lord take a dead church and breathe new life into it by means of a faithful, biblical ministry." - Jeff Robinson, Pastor, Christ Fellowship Church of Louisville, Kentucky and Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition