Category Archives: Revitalization

Why Plant New Churches? An Open Letter to Unity Baptist Church

Unity has a strong history of church planting. Many of the Baptist churches in the Ashland area were started by Unity or by one of her daughter churches. In 1892, Unity planted Pollard Baptist under the leadership of pastor S. … Continue reading

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How to Start a Prayer Support Team

When it comes to prayer support, there is no such thing as too much.  I’ve never met a Christian leader, paid or volunteer, who complained because they had too many people praying for them, too often, or with too much … Continue reading

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Is Your Church an Externally Focused Church?

 “Externally focused church are internally strong, but they are oriented externally.  Their external focus is reflected in those things for which they staff and budget.  Because they engage their communities with good works and good news of Jesus Christ, their … Continue reading

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Devotional Thoughts for Leaders: Are You Carrying a Bronze Shield?

Are you carrying a bronze shield? Revitalization is tough.  When difficult times come into an organization, there is a temptation to ignore reality and pretend things are just fine.  That’s what Judah’s king, Rehoboam, did. When his nation fell on hard times, Rehoboam went … Continue reading

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Devotional Thoughts for Leaders: There’s Hope for a Withering Ministry

Ministry is similar to gardening in that both activities require a lot of time and energy before anything develops.  It takes patience and dedication to prepare the soil, sow the seed, and water and fertilize the seed so it has … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of a Pastor and His Family

The coming of a new pastor can be one of the most anticipated and exciting times in the life of a church.  While the pastor is energized about his new ministry assignment, the congregation is eager to see how their … Continue reading

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Focus

Like most kids growing in up in a small farming town, I would often complain that there was nothing to do.  While we didn’t have many cool spots to hangout, we did have lots of trails, hills, and fields.  That … Continue reading

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