Jack Tacoma

About Me: 

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.

Interests: 

My interests include historical novels, leadership, harmonicas.

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Navigating the Challenges of Church Renewal

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?

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The Challenges of Church Renewal

I’ve witnessed renewing congregations come together in breath-taking, holy ways. Renewal in congregations is usually intentional. It’s often messy too. Some people feel threatened while others are overly eager. Naivety is abundant, cynicism too. Sometimes people get hurt. And often leaders give up. It is hard work – even though it is holy...

Elders
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Church Renewal: The Journey of 3 Lands and 2 Rivers

In this webinar we'll visit an old metaphor to help us understand the elements necessary for healthy and lasting renewal.

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The Journey of Three Lands and Two Rivers

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

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Best way to mentor?

It seems to me that mentoring is one of the ways that congregations can best disciple each other in these times of disconnection and dislocation. We have several generations in our churches with several generation gaps. Yet we long for a sense of belonging, of unity, of engagement with each other. I have spoken with a few congregations that would like to try this and would benefit greatly from others' experiences.
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Is anyone involved in a congregational mentoring program?

Is anyone out there involved in a congregational mentoring program? I am trying to help a church set one up and would sure like to hear about others that work well or even those that are not working well. Thanks!
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Surprises

Yesterday I bumped into an old friend in a cozy coffee shop downtown Guelph. She's a therapist. I'm a church coach. So we talked about work and discovered that we share some of the same struggles. One of those is keeping ourselves vigilant and accepting of surprises - those tiny twitches, sideways glances, or unexpected comments that almost always come up. We both agreed that a major challenge is keeping our own "stuff" out of it. I call it emptying myself of my self. One of my problems is that I find myself agenda focused and often am thinking of the "next" thing. I think this is important...
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Alligators and coaching

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. There are a lot of good and understandable reasons for this. I think that coaching is an effective way for the congregation to converse and discern its way through: 1. discerning what's in the swamp, (good or bad?, dangerous?, useful?, how many?, how big? can we eat it?...) 2. decision processing, and 3. action. Every congregation (and organization...
  • “Give me one reason to stay here, and I’ll turn right back around.”  This was the plea of Tracy Chapman in her popular song of 1996.  This is also the plea of people who reluctantly leave the...

  • This is great topic  Ray.  The photo with the post shows a welcome sign at the entrance to a dining hall. It reads something like: “Youth Leaders: meet your mentor”. Mentoring builds youth...

    posted on: Youth Youth Leaders
  • Hi John,

    If what you what you want from a 2 hour vision meeting is a some kind of plan for the future, then there are lots of ways to accomplish that.  And there are very few "rules" if any...

  • A Wild Thought:

    Since we have, according to some sociologists, 5 or 6 generations in a typical congregation (Builders, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials, etc.) I have an idea.  Some...

  • 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...

  • Hi Karl,

    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...

  • Another church has a GREAT IDEA, well a great question anyway!  Is there a web-based program similar to DATING WEBSITES that can be used to match mentors and mentees?  Can Facebook be used for...

  • Coffee Shops seem to hosts for small groups in many towns and cities.  And just like on Canadian Air Farce they meet regularly, share opinions freely, some times share feelings, and do a lot of...