Category Archives: Revitalization

Good Shepherd, Bad Shepherd

If you’ve seen any number of cop movies you’ve inevitably seen the good cop/bad cop routine. The “bad cop” takes an aggressive and accusatory tone with the subject while the “good cop” positions him or herself more sympathetically. The subject … Continue reading

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Why I Pray for My Church Members and then Tell Them About It.

As a pastor, I have the privilege of shepherding a flock of God’s people through prayer (1 Peter 5:2). Prayer is just one of many tools of a spiritual shepherd. While I have always prayed for the church that I … Continue reading

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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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