This week we consider the topic of Church Leadership from various angles: burnout prevention, God-sized dreams, questions to ask if your church is not growing, the rapid changes in worship services leadership must address, and leadership challenges faced by churches with less than 500 in attendance.
I appreciate the opportunity the Southside Baptist Network gave me to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the SBC in Baltimore, MD last week. It was a very good convention by all accounts. I was personally inspired and equipped to do my responsibilities better, and I left encouraged about the future of the SBC.
Statistics show that 80-90% of evangelical churches in North America are plateaued or declining. A similar number of Southern Baptist churches are, too. This is staggering.
We need to humble ourselves, confess known sin, and study God’s Word and God’s world (like the Bereans and the men of Issachar). In addition, we should pray and ask the Lord to make our churches healthier and more effective doing God’s work.
Your brother in Christ,
I’m Ray Gentry, the husband of Debra & father of April & Allison. I serve over 80 congregations on the southside of Atlanta as Associational Mission Strategist of the Southside Baptist Network. I am also the Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL). I’ve served Southern Baptist churches & associations in various roles for over 34 years.