Gray and Dumond, Legacy Churches

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Steven Gray and Franklin Dumond, Legacy Churches. Churchsmart Resources, 2009.

Referenced in: Congregational Size Dynamics and Transitions Summary

This is a guide for churches that are closing to do so intentionally by directing their resources, often including their building, for the purpose of planting new churches.

From the Publisher

There are churches all across America going through tough times. It is possible that your church falls into this category. The church you love and have worshiped in for many years has been slowly losing its effectiveness in reaching the community. After years of service and sacrificial ministry, after many lives and families have been impacted, the end seems to be lurking just outside the doors. The once lively and vibrant building you call your church home seems more like a museum. Your church may even be wrestling with the idea of closing its doors.

  • What are you to do?
  • Where do you go for answers?
  • Is there any hope?
  • Have you considered becoming a legacy church?

To leave a legacy is to pass on to future generations something of great significance. Leaving a legacy should be the hope of every church! If your church can give birth to a new church, that new church can carry forward your values and beliefs and continue to fulfill your mission to bring life-change to the community.

This book was written to offer hope, wisdom and courage to leaders who must consider the pathway of becoming a legacy church.

About the Author

Stephen Gray is a Senior consultant with New Church Specialties, a company that trains coaches and assists pastors world-wide to Start, ReStart and ReFocus their churches. He is currently serving as the Director of National Missions for the General Association of General Baptists. He has planted churches in Nebraska and Missouri and transitioned churches in Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska.

Franklin Dumond has served as a pastor for over 30 years in rural, urban and county seat locations. Currently, he serves as Director of Congregational Ministries for the General Association of General Baptists.

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