What to Do When Your Church Seems to Be Dying

Temple Baptist Church Sarnia New Roof

Temple Baptist Church Sarnia New Roof

No church leader I know wants to see another church close its doors. We need every local church, now more than ever, if we’re going to fulfill the Great Commission as soon as possible. I’m a Baptist who still believes in the perpetuity of biblical, local New Testament churches until Jesus comes again. But each local church in history has tended to have its own life cycle. Some are revived and have a whole new life. Others disband and dissolve. And many churches limp along in mere survival mode for a couple of decades until their stalwart generation is gone and then close their doors.

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Thanks to the Churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America

2014 BMA Missionary Commissioning
2014 BMA Missionary Commissioning

Grady Higgs, a mentor and friend, praying over 13 new missionaries being commissioned.

I’ve just returned from Little Rock where the Baptist Missionary Association of America had its annual meeting. With the exception of the one year I spent at Saddleback Church, I’ve pastored churches associated with the BMA since I was 19 years old and I attended Central Baptist College, a BMA college (one of the best liberal arts colleges on the planet, by the way).

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Let’s Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Sad List of Unreached People Groups
Sad List of Unreached People Groups

This “sad list” of 2,500 unreached people groups was unrolled during our service today. Photo by Kristen H.

Jesus told us plainly, don’t talk about a harvest happening someday. Look at the fields that are white for the harvest today. As long as we see the Great Commission as some far off, unreachable goal, we will remain far off from reaching our goal.

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Planting Churches and Popping Bubbles

Double Bubbles

Double BubblesWhen we started planting Grace Hills Church, we moved fast. We had our first public information meeting in July of 2011 and launched in January of 2012. Some planting strategists would make the assumption that we were all about getting to the weekend show and not enough about making disciples. Nothing could be further from the truth. We moved fast because we wanted to pop bubbles as quickly as possible. Let me explain.

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