Jacksonville megachurch in 'cardiac arrest,' to sell off most of its massive downtown property

By The Christian Post

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida | YouTube/First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

More than a year after Pastor Mac Brunson resigned from First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, the megachurch’s current senior pastor says the congregation is in “cardiac arrest” and in need of a drastic downsizing. 

“Our church is facing some truly significant challenges,” Senior Pastor Heath Lambert says in a video posted to the church’s website. “But I also think we have a really incredible opportunity to reach out to the city in Jesus’ name in a new and bold way we have never been able to do before.”

Lambert unveiled to his congregation on Sunday a $30 million plan to help the historic church stop “the bleeding from its pores” caused by 11 years of a sharp decline in attendance and the tens of millions it would cost to maintain the church’s campus that spans 10 city blocks. 

Source:The Christian Post