25,000 ways God shows Redemption Church He is in control

 
Apartment ministry is a hard mission field, so when God very obviously opened up opportunities at an apartment complex on Jacksonville’s west side, JimBo Stewart, lead pastor of what is now Redemption Church, didn’t hesitate. Stewart moved to Florida from New Orleans to pastor what was then known as the Hyde Park campus of Hibernia Baptist Church in Northeast Florida. Before the church even launched, JimBo received a call from a nearby property investor who was ...

Hibernia Hyde Park to re-launch on Easter as Redemption Church

 
On Easter Sunday, Hibernia Baptist Church's Hyde Park Campus in Jacksonville will re-launch as Redemption Church. Hibernia Hyde Park launched Easter Sunday three years ago as a campus of Hibernia Baptist Church in Fleming Island in order to revitalize what once was Hyde Park Baptist Church. Pastor JimBo Stewart said becoming an autonomous church was an option for the campus from Day One, and he and Hibernia leadership prayed over the decision. As the Hyde Park campus shifted ministry strategies ...

Replant Lab aims at reducing number of dying churches

 
What about a dying church says that our God is great and His Gospel is powerful? This question came to Mark Clifton, national director of replanting at the North American Mission Board, as he stood in front of a declining church in Kansas City. After planting churches across Canada for 25 years, Clifton had moved back to his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., with the intention to continue planting, before God challenged his thinking about declining churches. "I left Canada, which ...

Churches breathe life into struggling congregations

 
Stories of rescue can be found throughout Scripture. Indeed, the constant thread that is woven throughout the Bible speaks of our ultimate rescue from death and sin through Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary. Yet, many churches today are finding themselves at a crossroads and coming to terms with their need for a different kind of rescue. During a panel discussion at the SBC annual meeting last year, NAMB National Legacy Strategy Leader John Mark Clifton put it this way: "Approximately 10-15 ...

Replant brings children back to dying church

 
Nancy Elliott found herself crying alone in the nursery. She had attended Calvary Church in Englewood, Colo., since she was 14. Now, for the first time, they had no children at church on a Sunday morning. "Not one child," Elliot said. "I went into the nursery and started crying and praying to God to bring children." Little did she know her prayers were about to be answered in ways she didn't expect. After serving in youth ministry for several years in ...

Baptist state leaders discuss church revitalization

 
Church growth is a "supernatural event, and therefore church revitalization is more of a spiritual issue than a mechanical one," said Ken Hemphill, director for North Greenville University's Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, during a meeting of leaders from 14 Baptist state conventions. Hemphill was a guest speaker at the March 21-22 meeting in Charleston, S.C., where the network of leaders focused on sharing best practices related to work in church revitalization. Also present were representatives from LifeWay Christian ...