Church Revitalization

Join us August 3-4

Church revitalization is a pressing issue in our day as thousands of churches are closing down each year. This Alumni Academy aims to help equip pastors and other church leaders in the noble calling of bringing life back to a dying church. The conference speakers have all personally faced the peculiar difficulties of church revitalization, and they are prepared to equip attendees with theologically informed and practically useful instruction. We hope you can join us on campus at Southern Seminary on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 for the summer Alumni Academy on church revitalization.

Meet the Speakers

Brian Croft

Brian has served as the senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville since 2003. He is also the founder of Practical Shepherding, a resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. Brian has been the Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization since its inception in 2014. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books, including Biblical Church Revitalization: Solutions for Dying and Divided Churches (Christian Focus, 2016).

Tim Beougher

Dr. Beougher has been the associate dean of the Billy Graham School for Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry since 1996. During that same time, he has also served as a professor of evangelism and church growth. Dr. Beougher currently serves as senior pastor of West Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville and has ministry experience as an evangelist, church planter, and interim pastor. His publications include Evangelism in a Changing World (Wipf & Stock, 2004) and Richard Baxter and Conversion: A Study of the Puritan Concept of Becoming a Christian (Christian Focus, 2007).

Mark Clifton

Mark is the Director of Replanting at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. . He has held this post since 2014. Before his work with NAMB began, Mark led in the planting and replanting of more than a dozen churches across the United States and Canada. Last year Mark published Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches with B&H Books.

Andy Davis

Andy has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina since 1998. Prior to his current pastorate, Andy was a missionary to Japan with the International Mission Board. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and a Ph.D. in church history from Southern Seminary. Andy is the author of Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again (Baker Books, 2017).


Thursday, August 3

8 a.m. Conference check-in
9 a.m. Session I – Andy Davis
10 a.m. Session II – Mark Clifton
11 a.m. Session III – Brian Croft
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session IV – Andy Davis
2:30 p.m. Session V – Tim Beougher
3:30 p.m. Session VI – Panel Discussion

Friday, August 4th

9 a.m. Session VII – Mark Clifton
10 a.m. Session VIII – Tim Beougher
11 a.m. Session IX – Brian Croft


Southern Seminary Alumni Free
Boyce College Alumni Free
Prospective Students Free
SBC pastors Free
Others $75

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Rates do not include meals or lodging.

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There are no pro-rated conference registration fees available. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds, less a $15.00 processing fee per registrant, will be granted for all cancellations received in writing by July 25th. Refunds will not be granted for any reason after that date.

Cancellations may be faxed or emailed to the Office of Alumni Services.
Fax: (502) 897-4146

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