The journey of congregational renewal is like the ancient journey of the Hebrews: there are river crossings and rebellions, mountains and wilderness. What does this all look like at the congregational level, and what should leaders, including pastors, expect?
I am a Ministry Specialist with Home Missions, Eastern Canada. My work is coaching churches towards toward renewal. I am married to Tet, 3 grown children and 3 grand kids. I work from my home in Guelph, Ontario. In my former life I worked as a structural engineer for 25 years.
My interests include historical novels, leadership, harmonicas.
Renewal in congregations is usually intentional. It’s often messy too. Some people feel threatened while others are overly eager. And often leaders give up. It is hard work — even though it is holy ... What questions do you have about the journey of church renewal?
In this webinar we'll visit an old metaphor to help us understand the elements necessary for healthy and lasting renewal.
There is a journey of renewed identity that some churches experience. They remember fondly the fruitfulness in their land of the past. Then they cross the first holy river into the desert where, through prayer and holy conversation, they climb the jagged mountains to discover renewed vision. They cross deep valleys
I have spoken with a few congregations that would like to try this and would benefit greatly from others' experiences.
Any experiences or thoughts about keeping ourselves vigilant and accepting of surprises?
When a group of people, like a congregation, is up to its collective neck in alligators it can take a while before a good collective decision is made and even more time before there is enough collective will to proceed into the agreed-upon action. I think that coaching is an effective way for the congregation to converse.
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Amy, that is a great Leadership Exchange report. And it certainly lays out the need for more mentoring. I have not seen this report before, but it should be read by all church leaders. GREAT...
This is to link congregational leaders with young folk and younger leaders.
One church has recently started a program whereby this is being done on an informal basis with...
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