A few years ago while attending RENOVATE: National Church Revitalization Conference in Orlando, we made the acquaintance of Dr. Ron Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church, Altemonte Springs, FL. The “Georgia Boys” (as he calls us) have attended his conference as well as Pre-Conference Intensive each year since. I think I speak for my colleagues when I say that of all the conferences we attend while there we seem to connect with Ron, because he CONNECTS with pastors. For those of you who have attended or plan to attend this year Ron has an offer for those who sign up for his Pre-Conference Intensive this year. If you have never attended RENOVATE, let me just say that it is a great conference on Church Revitalization. The Georgia delegation has increased each year. Our own Larry Wynn and Stacy Dyer were a part of last years team. Let me let Ron share with you what he proposes:
“I am on my third year of renovating the most challenging of churches and it has been all God or I would have not survived. After 23 years I think I have a pattern of preaching and leading that can be used anywhere and I long to share this. I hope you know my heart by now… I am not boasting of myself, quite the opposite, it’s taken me 23 years to figure this out.”
1) The guys who come to the pre-conference intensive will get this material for only $49, this is the cost Renovate charges for this special three hour teaching. I am praying for 50 pastors to attend, so that I can have them take this back and spread the word.
2) The bigger picture for me is to have 100 pastors who would commit to taking the 3 year challenge. I will provide all materials; sermons, staff notes, leadership meeting notes, worship suggestions, outreach ideas, in-reach ideas, annual themes and events that develop the themes?
I have been working for three years with 14 pastors and they have seen great change. I have not given them anything like this, just bits and pieces. The one thing I learned was this – when they hear me say that renovation is a 3 year journey they need a map of some sort that can guide them through the years. So, this material is my personal journey at my church and my 3 year research with 14 local pastors that I meet with monthly.
I would love to take 100 pastors through this 3 year journey. Again, they receive sermons, sermon graphics, annual themes and graphics, events calendar, leadership development material, deacon development material, worship suggestions, staff meeting notes, and so on… everything that is needed to guide a church through 3 years of development. I would need to charge for this but only $500 dollars a year. We’re talking a $1,500 investment of all things needed to walk a church through renovation. This involves the staff at my church reformatting these items to fit any church.
I pray that this helps hurting pastors and struggling churches.”
Well, there it is. If this appeals to you let me encourage you to sign up today at renovateconference.org.