Terminal. That’s how the consultant described the situation at a church in Oklahoma where Craig Etheredge and Glenn Underhill were serving on staff.
“The church was in this difficult transition,” Underhill said.
The neighborhood was changing and the church was declining. The consultant recommended relocating or splitting up into new congregations. But Etheredge, who was pastor, and Underhill didn’t want to do that. They began fasting and praying.
And God brought across their path some church leaders who suggested simply going back to Jesus’ model of disciple-making. Etheredge and Underhill used that guidance to retool their youth ministry, and it began exploding with growth.
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This article was originally published at TheAlabamaBaptist.org.