For the past few years God has placed a reorcurring question in my mind and heart, “Why are so many protestant churches in America closing their doors each year?”
This website and my ministry is dedicated not only to answering this question, but also to point individuals and churches to the solution. Recent research indicates that about 3,700 churches in America dissolve every year. Research also indicates that there are about 300,000 other churches struggling with declining attendance, few or no new converts, and aging membership and inadequate resources to continue.
I am no expert, but a burdened servant willing to be a tool to help identify problem areas and encourage local congregations to focus on this issue. Before I became a pastor, I was moved a large number of times by the company where I worked and therefore was an active member of both small and mega churches. After being called into the ministry 25 years ago I have been exposed to even more churches through associations of churches and association with pastors. For the past 14 years I have tested many of the ideas on church revitalization in my local church with success.
During this time period we have dropped the average age of our membership by almost 20 years while greatly increasing our attendance and building a new family life center. Not only has our membership and attendance increased drastically also ministries and offerings.
This personal experience and extensive research is discussed or linked too from this website
Church revitalization is a Biblical burden. Jesus made this a priority in Jesus’ comments to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus sought to set right what was broken and give new life to what was dying. Addressing each church, He placed the spotlight on the particular reasons for their failing community testimony: lackluster love (Ephesus—2:2-7), false teaching (Pergamum and Thyatira—2:13–17; 20–23), lukewarm devotion (Laodicia—3:15–19). To the church at Sardis, Jesus said, “You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God” (3:1–3, ESV).
Some see Revelation 3:2 as a proof text for church revitalization: “Strengthen what remains and is about to die” (ESV). Shouldn’t we be as concerned for congregations today with little or no gospel witness as Christ was for Sardis?
Jesus solution to the seven churches was REPENT!
The resources on this website are FREE resources to help a church identify if they are in need of revitalization. I am a FREE resource to be a coach, accountability, and encourager. I am also available to lead a seminar or revival service to help shine Biblical light on the subject.