Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again

by Mark DeVine, Darrin Patrick. David C Cook, 2014.

Darrin Patrick, founder of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, and Mark DeVine, Baptist pastor and seminary professor, tell the story of a successful church merger from start to finish. A dying Kansas City Baptist church struggles through decision making and pastoral transitions, eventually discerning the path to merge with a larger, growing St. Louis church and enter a new chapter in ministry. Honest descriptions of conflicts within church leadership, including a failed merger attempt, will be invaluable to lay and clergy leaders for their down-to-earth realism. Patrick and Devine also remind readers to harness the theological and cultural strengths of the history of their congregations and explore utilizing them in new ways. Such a creative solution as creating a geographically distant merger may spark similar out-of-the-box strategies for declining churches exploring their options, applicable to both Evangelical or Baptist churches and others.