Church Revitalization Initiative

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.

There are so many distractions that keep pastors away from integrity, pornography is one of them. Ralph Neigbour, Team Leader for Church Revitalization Initiatives, sits with Russell Willingham, Director of Counseling at New Creation Ministries and author of Breaking Free, for a conversation about pursuing integrity in a pornographic world. Mike Manzie, Executive Director for New…

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March 20, 2021

Our Church Revitalization Initiatives team hosted an informative conversation on counting online attendance. If you’re one of the thousands of pastors and church leaders asking this question, this video gives some great guidance and information. Ralph Neighbour and Roger Byrd host Sabina Brady (online chat host), Cory Smith (Pastor of Spiritual Life/Creative director at The…

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February 23, 2021

California Southern Baptist Convention provides an online resume and search committee service for ministers and search teams. Ministers may submit their resume and biographical information online, which is shared with inquiring congregations according to the minister’s instructions. CSBC also provides biographical information on prospective ministers to inquiring pastor search teams. Search committees should complete the…

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February 15, 2021

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

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

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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