Revitalize to Plant
Reshaping the Established Church to Plant Churches
Foreword by Mark Bane
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
114 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.23 in
- Published: January 2023
$19.00 / £16.00 / AU$28.00Buy
- Published: January 2023
$19.00 / £16.99 / AU$27.99Buy
Desmond Barrett is the lead pastor at Summit Church of the Nazarene in Ashland, Kentucky, where he is married to his wife Julie and has four children. He is the author of Revitalizing the Declining Church: From Deaths Door to Community Growth (2021), and Addition through Subtraction: Revitalizing the Established Church (2022). He is a host of the Revitalizing the Declining Church with Dr. Desmond Barrett podcast, has done extensive research in church revitalization, and serves as church revitalizer, consultant, coach, and mentor to revitalizing pastors and churches.
He is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College (bachelor’s degree in ministry), and Trevecca Nazarene University (master’s degree in organizational leadership, and a doctorate in education in leadership and professional practice).
Jeffery D. Skinner is currently the global director of Coached DOT Academy and is a senior master trainer for Dynamic Church Planting International. He resides near Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of thirty years, has two adopted children—Blaine, who attends Trevecca Nazarene University, and Hayden, who is a sophomore in high school. He is a contributing author to the book Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Love of God, with Introductions by Thomas Jay Oord, hosts a weekly podcast entitled Echoes Through Eternity, and has over fifteen years’ experience in church planting and over twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur in the IT industry.
He has undergraduate degrees in music and business from Trevecca Nazarene University, a masters in spiritual formation from Northwest Nazarene University, and a doctorate in education in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.
“Two friends have written a book. Their theology of church resurrection is solid theology. Their wisdom is solid trench wisdom. Their love for the church is true love. I commend this to you if you dare to believe that the bones of tired churches can live again.”
—Dan Boone, president, Trevecca Nazarene University
“Barrett and Skinner challenge our minds and hearts with this probing question: Can a church experience revitalizing new beginnings while launching new ‘centers of holy fire’? We celebrate the new communities of faith and the Holy-Spirit-breathed ‘new life’ for existing churches! Read this inspiring book and embrace the dream!”
—Jerry D. Porter, general superintendent emeritus, Church of the Nazarene
“Finally, someone addressed the elephant in the room! Church planting and revitalization are not competing ideas fighting over the same people and resources. For decades I have heard clergy fret over ‘too much focus on planting new churches’ and ‘not enough on the existing churches!’ I believe God has given Barrett and Skinner the vision for the direction of leadership for the church. The question is do we have the courage to follow?”
— J. Fred Huff, director of new church development, Georgia District Church of the