Pastor Kyle Bueermann, First Baptist Church Alamogordo NM
Background: Kyle was called to Replant/Revitalize a church with 60 people that was in 900K in debt.
Q: How do you deal with debt in a Replant?
Be certain of your call: the call to Replant a church is a necessity-especially when that church is in a difficult situation.
Commit to the church: Kyle says; “We bought a house to show the congregation that we were all in, we put ourselves on the line, I knew I needed to do that so I wouldn’t have an out.”
Find/Partner with a friendly lender and communicate with them regularly. FBC had the benefit of their note being with their denominational lender.
Be open and honest about your situation with those who are coming to be part of your church.
Look for ways to reduce your debt: we’ve been praying and seeking sell our land but also exercising patience.
Steady consistent and faithful leadership is important to create a positive attitude and culture among your people.
We are confident that God is not surprised by our circumstances-and we’re trusting him to provide and lead.
Define Reality and provide hope, and understand the thing that brings hope is the Gospel.
Be patient-in a Replant nothing happens fast.