The Pastor and Church Revitalization featuring Andrew Davis

Episode #332
May 30, 2017
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Podcast Episode #332

Revitalization continues to be a topic of interest in churches, and today Andrew Davis, pastor of FBC Durham, NC, joins us to talk about his journey of revitalization and his discipline of Scripture memorization.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • “When a church needs revitalization, there are typically toxic forces at work in that church.”
  • Pastors need allies, friends, and spiritually-minded people in the church who will pray for them.
  • “None of us has the level of commitment that Jesus has for the local church and universal church.”
  • “The unleashing of the Word of God bring life and strength and health to a church.”
  • It is very tempting to take inordinate credit for success in ministry.
  • In revitalization, there will be key moments when you have to step out in courage and lead.
  • “There’s a difference between a healthy church and a perfect church. You’ll never find a perfect church.”

About Andrew Davis:

Andrew M. Davis is pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, and a visiting professor of church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chairman of the governance committee of the Gospel Coalition, Davis has written articles for TGC’s popular website and has spoken in plenary and breakout sessions at TGC’s national conference.

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