Desmond Barrett

Desmond Barrett is the lead pastor at Winter Haven First Church of the Nazarene in Winter Haven, Florida. He is the author of several books, most recently, Helping the Small Church Win Guests: Preparing To Increase Attendance (Wipf & Stock Publications) and has done extensive research in the area of church revitalization and serves as church revitalizer, consultant, coach, podcast host and mentor to revitalizing pastors and churches.

Flee, Fight, or Pray?

Fleeing may not be the answer, but falling on one's knees in open repentance to God for their part in the disagreement enables healing to begin in one's heart.

Dying to Live

The community outside the church's walls needs a Bible-teaching church as much as the church needs a community that is invested in what it offers.

The Roadmap to Renewal

Regardless of the denomination, the story of the legacy church is the same: fighting to stay alive.

What We Learned From Changing Up Our Coffee Area

With a set of hodge-podge furniture, the space began to feel different. No longer were people taking their coffee and running, but they began to sit down and have conversations that would begin to bring people together.

Future-Forward Budgeting

Future-forward budgeting forces the tough conversations not driven by personalities or desires but through data-driven decision-making, which comes directly from the numbers.

Embrace the Paradigm as a Change Agent

If you are willing to surrender over your walk with the Lord, God can use you to impact your community like never before.

4 Ways to Tackle Deferred Maintenance in the Church

There are four critical areas for evaluating the next steps as you begin to tackle deferred maintenance issues inside the church.

Chasing the Past

Honoring former leaders and the church's history celebrates what God did, but is also a reminder of what God can do again.