If Your Church Had One Year to Live

By Brandon Cox

Bruce and Heather MooreChurches die daily. Tens of thousands of congregations will close their doors for the last time in the next decade. If your church showed signs of dying, how would you lead differently? What would your dream list look like?

Bruce and Heather Moore are doing something radical in the life of their Tampa congregation, Christ Fellowship of Tampa. They are rebirthing their body in the heart of the city, and they’re doing it with this one year, 2011, in view. They’ve given themselves, as a church family, one year to live. Listen to their story…

Bruce and Heather caught a vision from God for the people whom He wanted them to be reaching. They’ve redefined their church in terms of whom they welcome…

Christ Fellowship is a multi-cultural, inter-generational, and socio-economically diverse church. It’s a place where you can grow spiritually, build friendships, and make a difference locally and globally. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we believe in a God who does.

They’re changing their name, their approach, and their agenda for the future, and they’re going to pull off this amazing transition within a year’s time.

What do you think? How does their story inspire you to lead differently in the coming decade?

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox has been a Pastor for fifteen years and is currently planting a church in northwest Arkansas, a Saddleback-sponsored church. He also serves as Editor of Pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastors' Toolbox, and authors a top 100 blog for church leaders. He's also the author of Rewired: Using Technology to Share God's Love.