Jumpstart Program for Church Revitalization

The Jumpstart Program is designed to assist plateaued or declining churches in 3 ways ...

  1. By providing the church with a qualified new pastor, trained in pastoral residency at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
  2. By providing ongoing training, supervision, and accountability by Bethlehem and the TCT Network. 
  3. By shepherding the participating church through a process of establishing a revitalized vision and strategy to return to fruitful ministry. 


Generally speaking, churches that meet the following criteria make good candidates for the Bethlehem Jumpstart program.

  • Doctrinal Affinity—A church whose leaders gladly embrace the Bethlehem Baptist Church Elder Affirmation of Faith.
  • Revitalization—A church that is in some measure of decline and open to revitalization.
  • Financially Sound—A church that is free from burdensome debt and able to pay Jumpstart pastoral residency expenses (~$3,333/month for 12 months).
  • Pastoral Transition—A church that is planning for transition from the current pastor to a new pastor.


From past experience, two years has given ample time to complete the Jumpstart application process, the process of congregational affirmation of vision, and the actual installation of the new pastor.

Denominational Affiliation

Bethlehem’s denominational affiliation is Converge (formerly the Baptist General Conference). However, we have planted churches that are not affiliated with Converge and/or are affiliated with another network or denomination, such as the Southern Baptist Convention or the Acts 29 Network.

TCT Network (TCTN)

Our intention is that by the end of the process, the Jumpstart church would become part of the TCT Network, a network of churches united around a common mission, doctrine, and vision for church life. Currently, the network is made up of 14 churches, including Bethlehem Baptist Church. For more information, visit tctnetwork.org

Case Study—The Heights Church

In 2011, leaders from Hayden Heights Baptist Church came to Bethlehem requesting help. After significant discussion, Bethlehem agreed to what we called a “restart” or “jumpstart” approach. Building on Hayden Heights’ decades of ministry, we sought to find a church planter who would lead the church in a new vision in accord with our mission, values, and Elder Affirmation of Faith

Through a process, God called Weyland Leach to work with the congregation to cast a vision for the new church. In July 2013, the congregation of Hayden Heights Baptist church approved Weyland’s vision and a new name, The Heights Church. 

The Heights Church is the 14th church added to the TCT Network of churches. We praise God for 89 years of his faithfulness to this congregation and ask for many more years for this vision to unfold. 

Contact Us

To learn more about our Jumpstart program or to express interest on behalf of your church, please fill out our Church Inquiry Form

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