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The goal of the Church Revitalization Team is to assist you, the pastor, in tipping the church attendance scale from decline to growth through a process called Count the Cost. Over the past decade, the church in North America, both mega and super small, has been facing a new kind of pandemic. As many as 85% of all churches in North America have been in a slow and steady decline.

52 Sundays is a downloadable resource to help your church better understand missions and stewardship. Each Sunday’s materials include graphical slides of the missionary in the story and PDF versions of the missionary stories. These resources can be used in many ways: September 2022 Resources

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January 27, 2023

Sitting in his office on Sunday morning, the pastor stares out the window looking at the parking lot. He knows who drives each car in the lot. It wasn’t that many years ago the parking lot was overflowing. But those days are long gone. Now the parking lot, like most of the church, is half…

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January 3, 2023

A Q & A with CSBC Executive Director Pete Ramirez Q: Pete, why did you change the name of the “Church Revitalization Initiatives Team” to the “Church Matters Initiatives Team?“ A: Five years ago, Dr. Agee brought Ralph Neighbour to oversee the Church Revitalization Initiatives Team. Over the past five years, Dr. Neighbour has expanded…

Pastor Jason Robertson, Huntington Beach Church and Mike Proud, Director of Missions, Orange County

Count the Cost Testimonials

“Count the Cost helps me keep focused on the main thing. God’s glory and the advance of His kingdom. It helps me to explore new ideas. I hear what God is doing in other churches and ask “God, should we try that here?” Lastly, it helps me to stay encouraged. In the crazy Covid world we now live in, we all need the encouragement of our brothers.”

Richard Spring, FBC Hesperia

“The Pastor, Leadership, and Members of Gardena-Torrance Baptist Church would like to thank the CSBC Ministry Assistant/Church Revitalization Initiatives Team for your years of support on all our ministry projects, as a result of your financial support we were able to do great ministry. Resulting in ministry growth in membership, and baptism, before the COVID19 the church was running in excess of seventy-five in attendance up from sixty, in 2019 we baptized seven new members. In the new norm of COVID19, we are continuing to provide ministry support in the community in the area of groceries, paying the occasional gas and power bills, and helping some in the community with gift cards. You’ve also helped reach upward of 250 people every Sunday. Thanks again without your support some of these ministries will not be possible, continue to pray for us as we continue to pray for you.”

Rev. Christopher Codrington, Gardena-Torrance Baptist Church

Count the Cost coaches and cohorts do not just provide extremely helpful and useful advice. Each time I leave one of these meetings I am encouraged and have a plan forward for the ministry God has given me. “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Pastor Kendrick Neal, Calvary Church West Hills
A Count the Cost story at Heartwood Church with Pastor Andy Springer.

Count the Cost is a tool and a process that begins with a simple assessment and leads to a five year tailored plan developed by the pastor for his church. The process begins with a monthly thirty minute consultation with one of our trained consultants. Our goal is to keep the church moving in a positive direction, navigating the bumps in the road, and celebrating the successes. Count the Cost is provided without charge to participating CSBC congregations.

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