[highlight_light]OnMission Magazine is a publication of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. [/highlight_light] The magazine is published four times a year to encourage and inform church leaders across the world. With a circulation of over 100,000 copies sent to every Southern Baptist Church in America, it is estimated the each issue is read by over 300,000 church leaders.
The Summer 2007 issue of OnMission Magazine quotes Pastor Mark Canipe in the first paragraph of it’s featured article entitled, Comeback Churches: How down-for-the-count churches bounced back to reach their communities for Christ.
Here’s what Pastor Mark had to say…
[blockquote_with_author author=”Pastor Mark”] After a year and a half of pastoring Heights Baptist Church in Beech Island, South Carolina, Pastor Mark Canipe realized he’d been functioning like a “fireman.” Always preoccupied with fixing problems and keeping the peace, Mark rarely had time to think about reaching the community much less leading his church to do so. One day as Mark was wrestling with God in prayer and reading Scripture, God spoke to him through the story of Joshua taking over after Moses’ death. [/blockquote_with_author]
The story inspired Mark to make changes in his leadership style. Instead of throwing in the towel, Mark allowed the Holy Spirit to breathe new life into his ministry. If there was something he believed the Lord was telling him to do, he did it. The deacons at the church began to see Mark’s leadership develop, and they observed that the Lord blessed his efforts and brought positive result from new ministry ideas. A fresh attitude of trust and faith developed…This church exercised comeback faith.
Faith…to believe the impossible. Faith…to trust without reservation. Faith…to hang on every word just like a child. Faith…to take God at His Word and act on it! That’s exactly what Comeback churches did.
You can read the entire article online at www.onmission.com