There are three foundational truths that guide us in our desire to help struggling churches experience revitalization.
First, we believe God has called us to reach our region for Christ. Whether it is in Winston-Salem, North Davidson County, Highpoint, Greensboro, or any other area in the Triad, we want to impact lostness. By that we mean that we want our region to be impacted by the gospel.
Second, we believe God's plan is the local church. Thriving and vibrant local churches are needed in order to see the Gospel advance.
Third, Biblical churches are not to be in competition with each other, but working together to further the cause of Christ. While we are autonomous, we are not to be isolated, critical or competitive.
There are dozens and dozens of struggling churches in our area. These are churches that were once growing, thriving, and vibrant but have fallen on hard times for a variety of reasons. They have seen people leave their church, they are no longer reaching families, and their gospel witness is diminished compared to what it once was.
Many of these churches want to experiences revitalization, but they are not sure where to go.
Scroll down to see if this is for you and how Grace may be able to help.
How Grace may be able to help
Level 1- Conversation
We volunteer our time to sit down with your church's leadership and hear the history of your church, the current challenges, and what you long to see happen. In this level we simply offer an unbiased, honest, and fresh perspective of what has happened as well as what needs to take place. This input is rooted in initial observations based on conversations that take place in this consultation meeting. This meeting can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. There is no cost for this option.
Please Note- If you desire a more in-depth and possibly ongoing consulting arrangement, you should contact our Senior Pastor, Dr. Jeremy Wallace, (who is a Certified Church Consultant) about his availability.
You can contact our Senior Pastor at Revitalize@gbcws.com.
Level 2- Partnership
In level 2 we would work with you to find a pastor, if needed. (We would want to look first at one of the men in our pastoral residency program.) We would also partner with you financially for a period of one year. If financial partnership is not needed, we would offer help, manpower, resources or expertise that would be beneficial to your church (i.e. graphic design, website development, organizational advice, training, facility remodeling, etc.)
In exchange for this help, resources and/or expertise, we would require that a representative from Grace have a voice in the decision-making process of your church for that year. The decisions would still be yours to make, but we would want to be able to offer input for your consideration. This voice would help give clarity, an outside perspective, and ideas maybe not yet considered.
Level 3- Merger
In level 3 your church would come under the umbrella of Grace and its leadership. It is important to understand that each situation will be different. Since there is no 'one size fits all' scenario, you should be aware of several possibilities.
Merger Option 1- Your church would remain in its location with its current name, but Grace would provide a pastor, GBC members, and resources to help revitalize the church. The decisions for the church would be made by the leadership of Grace. If you have a current pastor who wishes to remain on staff, and this is agreeable to Grace, he would be considered on the staff of Grace, but ministering in that location.
Merger Option 2- Your church becomes a campus or a satellite of Grace. In this scenario, the name of your church would change. We would still help provide a pastor, GBC members, and resources to help revitalize the church. The goal would be to extend the ministry of Grace to your area in order to see the church in that location impact the community for Christ.
Merger Option 3- Your church becomes the location of a Grace-sponsored church plant. In this scenario your church closes and relaunches with a new name under the direction of Grace Baptist Church.
In each of these merger scenarios your church would deed its property and assets to Grace, and your members would be encouraged to join us in pursuit of whichever option was mutually selected.
You may choose to begin with a basic conversation (Level 1) and then decide to move to a more formal partnership (Level 2). Those types of decisions can be made at the appropriate times. You don't have to jump into Level 2 or 3 unless you are convinced that it is necessary.
If you have questions, or want to learn more, please contact Grace Baptist Church.