Struggling Houses of Worship Get a ‘Faith Lift’ Tonight on Church Rescue

Religious institutions are the foundation of many communities across America. The United States is home to more than 300,000 religious congregations, and nearly four out of five Americans identify themselves with some type of religious belief. In order to practice these beliefs, people from all walks of life descend upon urban, rural, and city houses of worship that come in a wide array of shapes and sizes.

But running a church takes more than faith, and even the holiest of institutions can fall victim to harsh realities. In fact, in 2012, Reuters reported that banks were foreclosing on churches in record numbers — leading to tough consequences for communities across the country. Thankfully, struggling congregations and the families who flock to them have a place to turn when times get tough.

Enter the “Church Hoppers” (@churchhoppers) — three business-savvy ministers and best friends who travel the country helping faith-based organizations reestablish themselves in the marketplace, not so they can turn themselves into profitable enterprises, but so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers and helping those who are struggling in their faith to find a foothold. They use the wisdom of Scripture and a little Southern ingenuity to pull off inspiring interventions featured in all-new series Church Rescue.

Based in North Carolina, the Church Hoppers trio includes Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas (@churchhopperkev), the resident business guru with years of experience as an entrepreneur. Rev Kev helps pastors understand that the more success they have, the more lives they can touch through their ministry. Anthony “Gladamere” Lockhart (@churchhoppergla), a sales and marketing specialist with 15 years of experience, is more interested in how the church conveys a sense of belonging to the congregation. And Jerry “Doc” Bentley (@churchhopperdoc) is a pastoral counselor who focuses on the human relations aspect of each organization.

The Church Hoppers have just seven days to assist the struggling faith-based institutions, and must identify strengths and weaknesses quickly so they can work hand-in-hand with the church leaders to improve their prospects for survival. Every job they take starts with a reconnaissance mission. They visit the churches and blend in as best they can at first, to get the real experience from the churchgoer’s unique perspective. In North Carolina, they visit a motorcycle biker church decked out in biker gear and sport cowboy hats when meeting with the congregation at a cowboy church. They travel to California, meeting with a pastor in Compton whose church is struggling after the economic collapse, and venture to a synagogue in Venice Beach to help a rabbi attract much-needed younger people to his congregation.

When it comes time to prescribe solutions, the Church Hoppers start with a healthy dose of tough love for the pastors and reverends, most of whom are resistant to change even though their ministries are on the verge of collapse. One minister refuses to spend any money to repair his sanctuary because he wants a brand new church instead. Another is unwilling to admit he needs training on how to give an engaging sermon, even though he puts many in his congregation to sleep every week. And a third preaches messages so devoid of the hope of his religion that anyone walking in off the street is bound to turn tail and leave immediately.

Once the church leaders put a little faith in the Church Hoppers and let them do what they do best, the guys make quick but effective changes to draw in more worshipers to help turn the churches around. Something as simple as a new sign out front that clearly lists the times worship services take place goes a long way. Instead of a three-hour marathon sermon, two sermons split into two services draw twice the crowd. Putting in a play area for children gives parents added incentive to attend a service. And installing a cross on the side of the building lets passersby know it’s a church they’re passing. By playing to the strengths of the church, the congregation will follow.

The Church Hoppers use common sense and the guidance of biblical Scriptures to make a miraculous amount of difference in a short time and help put these potentially doomed churches on a righteous path.

The way they see it, the souls of the faithful are ultimately at stake, so failure is not an option.

Tonight at 10p on the series premiere of Church Rescue: Country Salvation, the Church Hoppers have been called by pastor Larry Roseboro, the charismatic and strong-willed leader of New Hope Baptist Church who wants help in achieving his vision for a new million-dollar sanctuary. The Hoppers discover that Pastor Roseboro’s goal is unachievable unless they can get him to focus on making repairs and upgrades to his current church, find someone that he can delegate responsibility to, and then grow his congregation by delivering two services on Sundays instead of one.

Don’t miss Church Rescue tonight at 10p.

Comments

  1. Kimberly Brown
    Michigan
    November 11, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Church Hoppers,

    I am watching Church Rescue. I have to say that I understand some of where Pastor Roseboro is coming from. But I see what the Church Hoppers are saying. My church has been around for about 75 years. My grandparents (who are long gone) worked down the street from my church. This year we have finally made needed improvements. Our membership has dwindled down to about 20 members. I have counted attendance for several weeks and there has only been 12-15 people in attendance. We have a large enough sanctuary, and it is comfortable.

    We have had block parties and in the past we had missionaries come from the south to do Vacation Bible School. We seem to have a problem keeping children and adults. The only ones that we have around are the older people and many have disabilities. Even our Pastor has health problems. He has to lug around an oxygen tank. Even I have my own disabilities. I have two deformed hips and now that I am over 50 I can’t walk long distances or climb stairs. I love my Pastor, he and his wife have been in my life since 1993. They have been there for me though cancer, supported me though a terrible job situation, and the death of my mother.

    I have asked God to help us to see His will. Now I have been asking God if we are in His will. Our church has several N. A. groups that are using our building. We have a church that comes in on Sunday afternoon that is reaching out to Jewish people for Christ. These groups are great for helping people but they are not helping us to reach people for our church.

    I believe that we are in the last days. I have been seeing a falling away from the church that is in the bible. Years ago I heard someone say that if you wanted to find a future spouse go to church. I have been going to church regularly since 1993. In that time there was not one person that was a remote possibility of a Godly spouse.

    I don’t know if you could or would be able to contact me, but I have filled in my e-mail above. Right now I feel that I am prayed out. My Pastor doesn’t know that I am writing this. My Pastor is just now learning to use a computer.

    Thank you for reading.

    Kimberly Brown

  2. Tabetha
    Hickory, NC
    November 11, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Just finished watching Church Rescue. It was amazing! I can’t wait for the next episode! I am thoroughly impressed- I was excited for every commercial break to end!!!

  3. Chris
    Hudson
    November 11, 2013, 11:24 pm

    What a great t.v show…that show was very powerful and impressive… I can’t wait till next week….I hope this shows continues to.move lose souls In the direction of the Lord

  4. St. John's Anglican Church
    Kansas City, MO
    November 11, 2013, 11:45 pm

    How does a church request help? There is no contact info on this page & I missed the end of the show to see if there was a listing then.

  5. Dr. Charena Lowe
    Shelby NC,
    November 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Please how can i get in touch with church rescue.

  6. BISHOP TOM SUGGGETT
    United States
    November 18, 2013, 10:16 pm

    our church need your help pastors name is Tom suggett his phone no is 317 862-0396 Indianapolis in

  7. Pastor Rob
    Shawnee, KS
    November 18, 2013, 11:08 pm

    We’re interested! Let us know if you’re looking for a civil war era church that looks a lot like the placeholder church at the beginning of the show! We’d be interested for sure, Church Hopper guys!!

  8. Leanne Northcutt
    November 19, 2013, 10:25 am

    Does anyone know where to get information on how to contact them? My church REALLY needs help.

  9. crystal banner
    BLADENBORO NC
    November 19, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Our church is in need of some help. Is there an address where I can get in contact with someone from church rescue

  10. Marci
    Miami, FL
    March 12, 2014, 8:39 pm

    I don’t get to watch the program on a regular basis due to my schedule. However, I think it is amazing! I feel that these three pastors were truly called by God, for such a time as this, to the body of Christ. Keep serving Christ through this unique ministry.

    God bless you all.

    Marci