Realities for Revitalizing Churches

Cliff notes from talk by Sam Rainer #BCMDunited Nov 11, 2019. ◦ 65+% churches need revitalization ◦ Conversion (baptism) growth is slowing. Most growth is coming from higher birth rates or transfer growth from mainline and/or declining churches. Ultimately, evangelism efforts have declined. ◦ Bigger churches are getting bigger at faster rates. Crowds often follow…

A Pastor’s Anniversary (10 years @ SPBC)

SPBC had a surprise celebration for our family’s 10th anniversary with me as their pastor. They started with a surprise kazoo announcement and presentation slideshow – you sorta had to be there. Some past church members sent in a video thanks from their family, which was special. They also had a presentation with a certificate…

Wealth Weighs (Revelation 3:14-22)

AUDIO MOTIVATE Almost every dad loves a good knock-knock joke. Here are few… Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Spell who? W-H-O. Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Oink oink. Oink oink who? Make up your mind, are you a pig or an owl? Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Etch. Etch who? God bless you. Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Hatch….

Faith Unlocks (Revelation 3:7-13)

AUDIO MOTIVATE In Revelation we come to the Philadelphia Church, which in my mind brings up this hymn: In West Philadelphia born and raised, On the playground is where I spent most of my day. Chillin’ out, maxing, relaxing all cool, And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school, When a couple of guys…