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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—First Baptist Church is in the beginning stages of the church revitalization process after receiving one of the first Lift Up grants by Regular Baptist Builders Club.

Pastor Tom Mullins says that the church has created a Ministry Planning Team of 12 people, consisting of church leaders, interested members, and one seminary student. The team worked through church assessment surveys leading up to a planning retreat last February with Chad Hunt of the Unstuck Group, the consulting firm the church chose.

During the retreat, three teams (Outreach, Hospitality, and Discipleship Paths) were formed based on the church’s immediate needs. Mullins says, “They are clearly energized and excited to get to work.”

During the past month, each team enlisted new people and met at least once to finalize a process called 90-Day Action Initiatives. Mullins says he has also stayed in close contact with the consultant and with the team leaders to give encouragement, answer questions, and keep the process moving.