Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is partnering with Church Answers and the Revitalize Network to offer two courses in conjunction with the Revitalize Convention in February 2020.
The courses will be part of a larger focus at SEBTS to train students for church revitalization through its M.A., M.Div. and certificate programs.
“Seventy percent of North American churches are plateaued or declining. This fact alerts us to the crucial and strategic need for church revitalization,” said Keith Whitfield, SEBTS acting provost, vice president for academic administration, dean of graduate studies.
Knowing Your Church and Community Practicum will be one of the courses offered in conjunction with the Revitalize Convention; Leadership for Church Revitalization is the other.
Instructors will include Thom Rainer, founder and CEO of Church Answers, executive director of the Revitalize Network and former president of LifeWay Christian Resources, and Sam Rainer, president of Church Answers and the Revitalize Network, co-owner of Rainer Publishing and pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church in Bradenton, Fla.
Others providing instruction will include Brad Waggoner, acting president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources; John Ewart, SEBTS associate vice president for Global Theological Initiatives and professor of missions and pastoral leadership; and Chuck Lawless, SEBTS vice president for spiritual formation and ministry centers, dean of doctoral studies and professor of evangelism and missions.
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Source: Baptist Press