A Model of Revitalization
Posted on January 24, 2022 8:00 AM by Ron Renner
We began as First Baptist Church of Dent, Cincinnati, with an intentional process of revitalization in August 2018. Through five months of training, the entire church committed to do whatever it took to keep our church from dying. This included our six charter members. God put together two of the most essential
things when it comes to bringing a church back to life. One, a leader.
I believe the leader makes all the difference. It has to be a man who has the skill-set and the giftedness to help people understand what has happened in their church, what to do about it, and how to get it moving forward again. Two, a group of people that realize reaching people and growing the kingdom is more important than personal preferences and heritage. What we’ve seen God do at Beacon of Christ has been phenomenal. Not in terms of size, but in relation to kingdom impact.
Here are just a few of the highlights we’ve experienced as a result of trusting God, trusting leadership, and surrendering ‘personal
Change the name from FBC Dent to Beacon of Christ Church.
Change the Constitution and By-laws which led to a redesign of our ministries and organizational structure that match our vision and purpose. About 60 percent of the church is serving in some capacity.
20 Baptisms in 36 months! All but two have been professions of faith with people between the ages of 14 and 77.
Most of these have come from a Catholic background. (About 90 percent of our community is Catholic.)
Developing a different church “culture.” This is a mind-set that takes time, patience, and a lot of prayer.
Be committed to the Word! Every time we presented a change to the church, we put together a biblical basis for “why” we needed to do this.
I heard once, “love the people, love the place.” I remind myself of that every day. Stay the course. If you start, finish! Don’t compromise God’s leading, but always let your love for people and God supersede all.
Can any church do this? Maybe. The question lies in, “are we willing to?”
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