Church Revitalization Initiative

The goal of the Church Revitalization Team is to assist you, the pastor, to tip the church attendance scale from decline to growth through a process called Count the Cost.

Watch Ralph Neighbour, our Church Revitalization Initiative team leader, as he interviews three amazing church leaders about engaging new people online. Andy Springer of Heartwood Church, Bogdan Kipko of Forward Church, and Marla Neighbour of Humanity Church provide helpful and practical ideas to reach people in our post COVID-19 world. This interview is a part…

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January 22, 2021

52 Sundays is a downloadable resource to help your church better understand missions and stewardship. Each Sunday’s materials include: One-page story of a missionary supported through the Cooperative Program (PDF) PowerPoint slide of the missionary in the story (2 sizes available) Worship folder inserts of the missionary story (PDF) December 2020: Josh and Kimber Thrower…

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November 11, 2020

The Process Count the Cost was developed by California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Director Bill Agee to assist healthy churches, churches needing revitalization, and new church plants. The process is based on Luke 14:28: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has…

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October 23, 2020

Over the past decade, the church in North America, both mega large 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. The goal of the Church Revitalization Team is to assist you, the pastor, to tip the church attendance scale from decline to growth through a process called Count the Cost.

Count the Cost is a process that begins with a simple assessment which leads to a five year tailored plan developed by the pastor for his church. The “secret sauce” as we say, is a monthly thirty minute consultation with a trained consultant to keep the church moving in a positive direction, navigating the bumps in the road and celebrating the successes.

Count the Cost Testimonials

A Count the Cost story at Heartwood Church with Pastor Andy Springer.

“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