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.

Focus on Your Ministry Now for the New Year

God has an incredible plan for the local church. As the world moves closer and closer to a post-Christian world, the local church will have to adhere to its core values to stay true to God's Word and the calling placed on the church's mandate from God.

Exploring Loss in the Church

Transitions of any type (death, job, moving) bring forth the rawness of emotion that frightens and challenges individuals to the core, but just then, we are open to growing deeper with Jesus.

Dreaming Through the Difficulty

Do not allow the past to dictate your church's future. Free yourself by dreaming of what can be as you work together to accomplish God's plans.

Moving Forward with Little Steps

Push through these doubt moments by leaning on God to guide you as you share through your fear the faith you have in leaning into this new phase of the church.

Capturing God’s Vision for Your Church

Inside every local church is a vision that God has for it. The question that must be asked is, will we follow it?

Flourishing With a Small-Church Mindset

There is a longing in the world today for people to feel valued. They are valued not for what they can bring to the table but for who they are. God has placed giftings in each person that the local church needs today—many leaders and churches long for authentic relationships that make a person feel seen and heard.

Develop Guests into Future Leaders

Churches that integrate visitors into members have a clear direction of where they are going.

Embracing an Aging Congregation

The people who made up the church had to believe again that God could use them, us, to reach out to the community. The fact of the matter is hard choices had to be made, and it started with reclaiming the property for the Lord.