I’m writing this on Tuesday from the Atlanta airport as I wait for a late flight back home. I’ve been in Atlanta since Sunday evening with three other pastors and two NorthStar Church Network staff members. We’ve been attending an intensive training by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The training was created to give pastors and local church association leaders the tools we need to help churches that are no longer growing, have seen significant decline in attendance or are on the verge of closing their doors. This was a hands on training where we worked in teams using real case studies of churches that were on the verge of closing their doors and taking that church through a regeneration or a replanting process.
The vision of our NorthStar staff is to have a small team of pastors in N. VA who have led churches through a revitalization process and are trained to help declining churches get to a healthier place again. I was honored to be included and thankful for the opportunities I might have in the future as a part of a team that helps other churches become healthy, growing and contributing to the Kingdom of God again.
The last couple of days have reminded me of our own journey as a church from unhealthy to healthy, from decline to growth and from being inwardly focused to having an outward mission.
I’m thankful to those of you who were a part of our church 15 and 20 years ago when we were not all that healthy and were not a growing, vibrant community. Thank you for all the work, leadership and wisdom you gave to help us get to where we are today. And thank you to those of you who have joined us since then and have continued to help us be the great church we are today as we strive to create followers of Jesus, connected in community with a passion for serving others.
See you Sunday.