By Bob Brown
TBC Church Revitalization Team Leader
Church revitalization is a stewardship issue over the congregations God has entrusted to every pastor and church member who are affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
Several years ago, a man I barely knew walked into my office with a shoe box under his arm. He said that God had told him to give me something. After he handed me the box, I pulled up the lid to find $75,000 in small bills all neatly packaged and bound up. The man stated that God had told him to give this money to me. I followed with something like “What do you want me to do with it?” His response made an already baffling incident even stranger. He said, “That’s an issue for you to deal with now.”
God has entrusted something to us of far greater value than all the currency in the world, the stewardship of his church. Before he left Ephesus, the Apostle Paul called for the elders and told them, “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood” Acts 20:28 (HCSB). And that is why church revitalization is fundamentally, a stewardship issue. [Read more…]