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Missional Steps for Churches

We may wish we could magically create a mission-shaped congregation with one event, one sermon, or one service-project. However, like our new year’s resolutions, becoming a mission-shaped congregation takes many small steps, all headed in the right direction.

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A Call To Reformed Evangelism

Evangelism serves the building of the Church, and the building of the Church provides the foundation for witnessing to the Kingdom of God in all of life, and such witness fulfills our created purpose as image-bearers of God in His world.

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Healthy Missional Leaders Will Change Your Church

I have conducted a number of job interviews in which I noticed that I could tell within ten minutes if the candidate has participated in FaithWalking. How? These candidates are well differentiated, they handle conflict in healthy ways, they listen carefully, and they know themselves well.

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Staying Connected With Sporadic Attenders

Self-identified North American church goers attend church, on average, just once per month. Providence CRC recognized this challenge and is choosing a proactive approach to keep people connected even when they not present on Sunday mornings.

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Deacons and Church Renewal

Most churches experiencing church-wide renewal also experience renewal among their deacons. They move away from financial management, administration and governance and toward stewardship, mercy and the pursuit of justice.

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Maximizing Staff Impact

Often pastors are not optimizing this new staff potential because they are insufficiently coordinating and encouraging the new staff teams. Here are 5 supervisory investments that increase staff impact. 

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Invite the CEO

If all agree that prayer is important and powerful, why doesn’t prayer hold a more prominent place in most council meetings?

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The Urgency of Change

The mission God invites us to is one of urgency. Creating that sense of urgency in the congregations we serve is more effective and deeply-rooted when we realize where that call comes from.

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The Gracious Act of Involvement

Many pastors believe they must do all the preaching, all the teaching, all the visiting, and all the administering because that is what they’re trained and paid to do. But the Bible has another idea about the work of pastors. 

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A Seat at the Table

I think we have failed to recognize the power that we have to form the Christian identity of the young people sitting in our pews. Won’t you consider giving young people a voice at the table?

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2700% Return on Investment

In 2010, Pastor Brian from Immanuel Reformed Church asked his congregation if anyone wanted $10. Many hands went up. Then he said, “If you take this $10, then you need to use it to help someone who has a need.”

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In Dying We Are Born

Peter Bush, in his book In Dying We Are Born, writes, “All congregations, even ones that see themselves as healthy, need to be prepared to die, to take up their cross, so that God can make them alive.” 

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Great Congregational "Captains”

Every church leader is a good captain when their faith community is navigating quiet waters. The test of a great church leader, however, is when a congregation is traversing the turbulent seas of ministry change. 

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Go Local Learnings

Go Local is a congregational journey to discover and join where God is at work in our neighborhoods. If you'd like to experience Go Local (without any long term commitment) we invite you to join us at one of these events!

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Not So Fast...

Henry Nouwen encourages us to counteract the hurry-up behaviors by adopting a “ministry of presence” instead. What if, in 2018, your congregation learned to practice this missional behavior in your community?

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Q and A’s

Perhaps the most common concern expressed by congregants regarding church leadership is the lack of communication. Hosting a monthly "Q&A" is something I initiate to help improve communication. 

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Creative Use of Church Space

As my exposure to congregations has increased, I’ve discovered greater creativity than I anticipated. Let me share a story about The HUB's creative approach to “doing” church.

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Are You Giving Friendly?

Giving is the life-blood of every church. In today’s world of PayPal, ApplePay, and Venmo have we kept pace with how our people like to give? Here are some suggestions for creating a more giving friendly church.

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