The Bible Belt isn’t as unique as it once was in American culture. But revitalizing churches in the area often still requires some unique considerations.
This Week’s Question:
FROM AARON — I am finishing my seminary degree this semester and feel called to pastor in the Bible Belt. Since a lot of church revitalization is needed in the Bible Belt, what are some unique challenges of pastoring in the Bible belt?
- There’s not as much of a cultural divide in the Bible Belt as there used to be.
- When we truly start to love Jesus more, we will start to love our neighbors more.
- Just because someone may have joined a church earlier in life doesn’t make them truly a Christian.
- Anyone who believes they are entitled to something from God, know the adversary has put that thought in you, not the Holy Spirit.
The seven reminders we cover are:
- Understand what is not unique about the Bible Belt.
- Clarify the “why” behind your sense of calling.
- Understand the plague of cultural Christianity
- Tactical patience is always important, no less so in the Bible belt
- Deal with the issue of unregenerate membership
- Be prepared to deal with an entitlement mentality
- Remember, a Great Commission outward focus is key wherever you serve
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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