Church Revitalization Initiative

C hurch R evitalization
I nitiative

Update (originally sent by e-mail on December 20:

Church Revitization Initiative Update
November /December   2018

The months of November and December have been a time of fewer on-site meetings but of more planning with pastors and leadership teams for meetings in January.

We have continued our follow up with our pastors who are already part of CRI with their monthly phone calls.

There continues to be a lot of interest in the Church Revitization Initiative. Churches that have been a part of the initiative are starting to make progress.

In the month of January, I already have meetings scheduled with Upper Alton, Ridgeview, and Sandwich. I also have return visits planned with Plano, Ava, and Havana. With their leadership teams we will together plan their next step.

I have also enjoyed attending two pastors' cluster Christmas parties. This continues to be a very exciting time here in the Great Rivers Region.

I would like to thank the GRR staff, pastors and their congregations for making this year a very fruitful start to the Church Revitization Initiative.

I look forward to working with all of you in 2019 and beyond.

Wally Holt


With great excitement we introduce to the Great Rivers Region Churches the Church Revitalization Initiative (CRI).

The Church Revitalization Initiative is designed to help committed Pastors and church leaders who are willing to do what it takes to revitalize their church. The Initiative is comprised of pastors and church leaders who have helped lead their churches to healthy revitalized congregations.

If you are feeling stagnant and/or undecided how to move forward, please email me ( and we can discuss your situation and determine if the team can be of service to you. We know that we are living in difficult times and that is why we want to be of assistance to you. In Proverbs 20:18, we read the following:  “plans succeed through good counsel;…”.

Since we are all one family (of God), the region has put together this initiative so that all will know we are there for each other.  If you think you may be interested in some counsel concerning the health/vitality of your church, please contact me.

                         Wally Holt, CRI Coordinator