Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again

Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again

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Overview

Church health is measured by more than just numbers, but declining membership is often a key symptom of a church in crisis. The pastor of a dying church doesn't need to be told it is dying; he needs to find the way forward—and he needs hope.

Author and pastor Andrew Davis offers readers the lessons he's learned in his own journey of leading church transformation, including

- keeping Christ's ownership of the church central
- being humble
- choosing your battles wisely
- empowering godly men to join in leadership
- making prayer a priority
- focusing on the Word
- and more

Church decline is not inevitable. Revitalize gives pastors the spiritual support they long for and the practical advice they need to turn their churches around and position them for greater health in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801007507
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew M. Davis is pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, and a visiting professor of church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chairman of the governance committee of the Gospel Coalition, Davis has written articles for TGC's popular website and has spoken in plenary and breakout sessions at TGC's national conference. He is the author of An Infinite Journey, named by Tim Challies as one of the top ten books of 2014.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword Mark Dever 10

1 Eyes of Blazing Fire: The Zeal of Christ to Revitalize His Church 13

2 God Speaks Life into Dying Churches 29

3 Embrace Christ's Ownership of the Church 47

4 Be Holy 58

5 Rely on God, Not on Yourself 71

6 Rely on God's Word, Not on Techniques 78

7 Saturate the Church in Prayer 93

8 Cast a Clear Vision 104

9 Be Humble toward Opponents 114

10 Be Courageous 128

11 Be Patient 138

12 Be Discerning 154

13 Wage War against Discouragement 162

14 Develop and Establish Men as Leaders 175

15 Become Supple on Worship 186

16 Embrace the Two Journeys of Disciple-Making 198

17 A Heavenly Celebration of God's Glory 212

Notes 215

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MikeCWatt More than 1 year ago
I just recently finished “Revitalize” written by Andrew M. Davis, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, NC. In the book Pastor Davis walks the reader through the practical steps of bringing new life to a dying church as well as the posture of the heart that the pastor must have before the Lord in order to lead a church to health again. Beginning with Christ’s address to the seven churches in Revelation, the first two chapters of the book lay out a biblical vision for church revitalization. Who would want to pastor a theologically errant, visionless church that is sometimes led by unregenerate leadership? Pastor Davis reminds us that if a church repents, the candle light of Christ’s glory and faithful Christian witness can shine again. Christ died for His Church and Christ is still not finished with His church. The rest of the chapters go on to lay out biblical steps to revitalizing a church. They are not profound and difficult which makes it a great read for all pastors. The steps are simply biblical truths that many times are taken for granted which leads to a dying church. He calls pastors and church leaders to return to these biblical foundations and to stand with Christ. Where this book really makes a mark is how Pastor Davis gives personal testimony to how He and his fellow leaders implemented and led the revitalization at FBC Durham. How long will a pastor realistically wait before seeing changes in the congregation? What battles should be fought first and how should they be fought? In the final chapter, Pastor Davis calls us to look forward to the day in heaven when Christ’s church will be finally and perfectly revitalized and made new. This truth encourages us to keep going in our personal and corporate revitalization knowing that Christ will present a spotless bride to the father on that day. This must read is a biblically sound, gospel-centered book that pastors of healthy and unhealthy churches should come back to regularly. Note: I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.