Center for Church Revitalization

The GBA Center for Church Revitalization assists churches to develop strategies and reconnect with their God-given mission.  Our Revitalization Team is comprised of GBA Pastors and SC Baptist Convention staff who have a vision for helping struggling churches identify key point of community engagement, serve their local schools, and meet physical needs in their communities. 

Revitalization Grant Request Form

GBA Church Revitalization Pastor Residency Program

Description:

The Greenville Baptist Association Revitalization Residency is designed to help future church
revitalizing pastors explore their vocational calling, be equipped for pastoral ministry, be
exposed to church revitalization, and engage in missional living. The residency is a nine-month
program with pay.

Expectations:

  1. Revitalization residents will be expected to live and serve in a manner worthy of the Gospel
    (Phil. 1:27), by God’s grace, seeking to love God will all they are, love others sacrificially, and
    make joyful, passionate disciples of Jesus (Matt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20).
  2. The Church revitalization resident will be expected to give no less than 15 hours per week to
    their mentoring pastor and church revitalization supervisor (13 hours with mentoring pastor & 2
    hours with the residency supervisor) and five hours per week to their reading and homework
    assignments.
  3. In addition, the resident will be expected to participate in all Greenville Baptist
    Association Church Revitalization team meetings, assessments, and, consultations as they arise.
    The total amount of hours required to complete the residency is 600 hours.
  4. Residents will be expected to complete all assignments as detailed in the attached residency
    syllabus.

Evaluation:

Residents will participate in ongoing evaluations by their mentoring pastors, the GBA Church
Revitalization Team, and the Church Revitalization Residency Supervisor. No Greenville Baptist
Association Church Revitalizer is guaranteed the endorsement of the Greenville Baptist
Association Church Revitalization Team. However, pending the results of all evaluations, and
upon the completion of all requirements, some residents will be endorsed and recommended in
becoming a church revitalizing pastor.

During the 30-week program, residences will:

  1.  Learn the Biblical definition and mandates concerning pastoring the Church, with special attention being paid to personal and churchwide evangelism, shepherding the flock, prayer, preaching God’s Word.
  2.  Know the significance of personal soul and family care by learning and applying strategies to protect themselves and their families from Satan’s attempts to harm them while leading the revitalization of a struggling church.
  3.  Develop a Biblically focused, multi-year strategy for leading a plateaued or at-risk church through the process of revitalization.
  4.  Comprehend the Biblical characteristics of a healthy church.
  5.  Receive personal training from pastors and church leaders in the areas of preaching development, pastoral care, administration, and leadership development.
  6.  Be exposed to applying leadership development skills by rotating through the following areas:
    • Children and Preschool Ministry
    • Student Ministry  
    • Worship Ministry 
    • Discipleship Ministry 

The candidate would be in their second year of graduate work or higher.

Pastor Residency Application

GBA Church Revitalization Worship Leader Residency Program

Description:

The Greenville Baptist Association Revitalization Worship Leader Residency is a residency designed to help potential worship leaders explore their vocational calling and equip them for ministry in a revitalization setting. The residency is a nine-month to one-year program.

Expectations:

Residents will be expected to live and serve in a manner worthy of the Gospel (Phil. 1:27), to love God and love others sacrificially, and to make disciples of Jesus (Matt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20).

  1. The Church revitalization worship leader resident will be expected to give up to 10 hours per week to their mentor and church revitalization supervisor and to their reading and homework assignments.
  2. Residents will be expected to complete all assignments as detailed in the attached residency syllabus.
  3. In addition, the resident will be expected to participate in all Greenville Baptist Association Church Revitalization team meetings, assessments, and consultations as they arise.

Evaluation:

Residents will participate in ongoing evaluations by their mentors, the GBA Church Revitalization Team, and the Church Revitalization Residency Supervisor. No Greenville Baptist Association Church resident may be endorsed by the Greenville Baptist Association Church Revitalization Team pending the results of all evaluations, and upon the completion of all requirements.

Worship Leader Residency Application

 

Click the videos below to see our revitalization work at Dunean Baptist Church:

For more information about the GBA Center for Church Revitalization, please contact our office at (864) 242-4330.