Revitalize West features mini-workshops

Oct 21, 2020

By Irene A. Harkleroad

The first Revitalize West regional mini-workshops were held from Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Lake Havasu City, Yuma, Tucson and Phoenix.

Keynote speaker Rob Peters, founder and president of Corpus Vitae, addressed the topic of “Church Culture and Revitalization.” A total of 75 pastors and leaders worked through the Vision Receptivity Assessment (VRA).

The VRA helps pastors assess their current church culture and discuss possible areas of strengths and weaknesses when planning to implement change within their congregations. It is

designed to encourage and equip pastors to take their personal first step toward leadership development and revitalization within their local faith community.

If your pastor or church would like to take the VRA, contact Keith Durham, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention church health facilitator, at

The second event took place on Oct. 21 as a Zoom webinar, available to Arizona Southern Baptist pastors. Matt Queen, associate dean, associate professor and L.R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism in the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke about how the COVID-19 reality has changed the evangelism/discipleship strategies and culture of churches.

“The third regional event will be in-person events Feb. 25-27, 2021, in Lake Havasu City (Feb. 25), Yuma (Feb. 26), Tucson (Feb. 26), and Phoenix (Feb. 27),” Durham said.

Brian Croft, senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of Practical Shepherding, will address the topic of “Preaching and Pastoring through Conflict.”

Registration for the February mini-workshops will be open by Nov. 1. To register, go to and click on the “Events” tab. The event is free.

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