MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions hosted a one-day conference at the University of Mobile designed to encourage and instruct church leaders on how to minister effectively in churches that are hurting, struggling or stagnant at the University of Mobile.
About 35 pastors came to learn from Brian Croft, founder of Practical Shepherding Ministries and the senior fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Biblical Church Revitalization conference was held on Aug. 15.
Dr. Lonnie Burnett, the University of Mobile president, says, “We want to make sure that local pastors know that the university is here as a resource for their ministries. We were thrilled to have this outstanding conference on our campus.”
Croft, who also serves as senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, gave biblical advice for bringing true, spiritual health into churches.
Croft says, “The Bible, God’s Word, is the thing that breathes life into the church. We didn’t come in to talk about a bunch of programs and gimmicks. Preach the Bible, minister the Bible into the church – that’s when life goes back into the church.”
“Just because the Word is powerful, doesn’t mean it acts quickly. As a pastor, you have to come, preach, love people and allow time for God to work,” says Croft.
Croft has written over a dozen books on the practicalities of pastoral ministry.
George Yates, church health specialist at the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, explains that the board works to train coaches who can go into churches to help them be the Great Commission church that God has planted them to be.
Dr. Rob Jackson, special assistant to the University of Mobile president for church relations and major gift officer in the Office for Advancement, is one of these coaches and helped coordinate this event on campus. He explains that this is just one of the many ways that UM partners with and shows appreciation for the Alabama Baptist State Convention.
Church Revitalization through the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions provides hands-on resources, consulting and coaching to strengthen churches. For more information, visit www.alsbom.org.
About the University of Mobile
The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 77 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.