When Andy Oliver was appointed senior pastor at Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2016, the 100-year-old church was in significant decline and thinking about closing. They’d been shrinking in attendance since the 1960s and were down to only about 40 regular members.
The remaining congregation wanted Oliver to cast a vision with them that would help revitalize the church. But he quickly saw that what they had been doing wasn’t working and they needed to start bringing in new people before they could create a vision to grow the church.
“At that point, it felt like we had nothing to lose,” said Oliver. “So it was time for bold action.”
This bold action started with crafting a welcome statement