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Lead your church toward greater health and growth at Revitalize on October 24 at Porter Memorial in Lexington!

Participants will hear practical teaching on developing vision, addressing spiritual barriers, helping develop an outward focus, and understanding the role of preaching.

Breakout sessions will be offered to assist leaders with preaching on revitalization, intentionally focusing on their personal spiritual lives, and developing vision. Resources will be shared at the event that will be helpful in leading a church to experience renewal.


Mark Clifton

Senior Director of Replanting
North American Mission Board

Claude King

Discipleship and Church Health Specialist
Retired from LifeWay Christian Resources

Tony Merida

Founding Pastor and Professor of Preaching
Imago Dei Church (Raleigh, NC) and Southeastern Baptist Seminary

Plenary Sessions

A New Future and a New Hope for Every Church

Mark Clifton

Jesus has a plan for every church. He Will always resource His plan. Learn how you can discover Jesus’ plan for your church and how to engage your congregation to follow His plan.

Leading Your Church to Return to Their First Love

Claude King

Prepare to help your church Love God, Love Others, Surrender All, Be Transformed, Join God’s Mission, and Glorify God as they return to Him. God has made a heartfelt plea and given us a corresponding promise: “Return to Me, and I will Return to You” (Mal. 3:7).

Faithful and Effective Preaching in Revitalization

Tony Merida

In this session, we will consider a model for preaching that has stood the test of time; an approach that contains three traits of life-changing preaching: the biblical-Christological, the contextual-situational, and the personal-devotional. 

Breakout Sessions

Church Revitalization in a Rural Setting

Mark Clifton

Rural Churches face significant and unique challenges. But the gospel is greater than all of these challenges. Discover how your church can impact its community and reach people for Christ within a rural context.

Return to Me: A Spiritual Process for Church Revitalization

Claude King

Plateaued, declining, and lukewarm churches need a spiritual revitalization, not just a cosmetic fix. Experience a biblical process through which you can guide your church to identify God’s design for His people and obediently respond to what the Spirit is saying to your church. You will be introduced to a new tool by Claude King: Return to Me: God’s Plea and Promise to His Church.

The What, Why, and How of Christ Centered Preaching

Tony Merida

In this session, we will get into the nuts and bolts of preparing faithful and effective sermons. We will briefly examine the “why” behind biblical exposition, and then move into a five step process for preaching Christ-centered expositions. 


9:00 AM – Registration
10:00 AM – Plenary – Claude King
11:00 AM – Breakouts – King, Clifton, Merida
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM –  Plenary – Mark Clifton
2:00 PM – Panel Discussion – King, Clifton, Merida
3:00 PM – Plenary – Tony Merida