I went to The Church Revitalization Conference at the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health last Thurday. It was great to be in the city and to hear Ed Stetzer. Check him out at

I was affirmed because the conference addressed many of the things we are in the process of doing at FBC, Meridian. It seems like we are on the right track. Pray that God will bring growth from the seed sowing and watering.

The conference addressed Stetzer and Dodson's latest research into churches that moved from seasons of decline to renewed vitality. Much of what they dealt with was the spirituality of the congregations. They sampled over 300 Baptist, Holiness, and Pentecostal churches and concluded that the greatest need in the church today was a revived commitment to the basics.

Stetzer and Dodson identified three faith factors that were consistent across the congregations.
1. A renewed belief in Jesus and the mission of the church.
2. A renewed attitude of servanthood.
3. A more strategic prayer effort.

Let's continue to follow God into the process of renewal. He has great plans for our congregation!

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