Episode #25 – ?Boots on the Ground Highlight?with Walker Armstrong
Pilot Mountain Associational Missional Strategist Walker Armstrong stopped by the bootcamp when we were in ATL for the Replant Practitioner Lab. Here are some of the highlights.
There are a lot of characters in dying churches.
Humor is a great way to not make a big deal about something — but also to address difficulty.
Humor, well used can bring back hope.
If you’re going to see a movement in Replanting — you got to have an Assessment process.
Things to note when working with a congregation that needs to be Replanted
-Don’t be in a hurry
-Compromise where you can
-Serve the congregation and invest in them
-There is value of having an outside voice, someone who cares and can help them see the truth.
The Value of Associations for struggling churches and Replanters
-Partnership with NAMB and the training for Associational leaders
-Networking among churches and pastors
What are the inherent challenges as an Associational Leader in working with struggling churches?
-They have money in the bank and can meet together indefinitely while living off of those resources
-They are not living on mission or impacting the community
Q:What one piece of advice would you share with a Replanter/Pastor?
A: How is your soul? We minister out of our relationship with the Lord-we can have a lot of talent but if we are not spiritually connected to Jesus then we will crash.
Psalm 127:7 “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”
Check out this great Replant Story from Revo Church of the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association