Michael Beck

The #1 Competency Pioneer Leaders Need Today This is part one of a series of posts highlighting the need for the cultivation of contextual intelligence in the local church. I’ll begin by reflecting on why Contextual Intelligence (CQ) is the #1 competency pioneer leaders need today. I currently serve as Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for […]

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Heather Jallad

I hope these questions will provide a helpful frame for pressing into what God is doing amid this season and how God is preparing you and your church. God does not waste anything.

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If somebody drew a map of the World Wide Web in 2005, they might include the hills of Yahoo, the MySpace valley and the City of Craigslist (connected, of course, with Information Super Highways.) But in 2005, we didn’t realize that this was a medieval map, and along the edge should be scrawled “here there […]

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Ann Marie Carley

The year 2020 has proved to be one of the most challenging years for the Body of Christ, the Church, all over the world. I’m not going to lie, at the start of the pandemic my pioneers’ heart was energized by all the new opportunities surrounding my congregation. I was excited to innovate and adapt […]

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Luke Edwards

While the first six months of the pandemic have been marked by churches discovering how to worship online, I believe the next six months will be marked by churches learning to create community online.

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Ann Marie Carley

As churches re-enter their buildings, things seem less safe and it is much harder to ignore reality. There is no way to not see the roped off pews or the empty seats. Those coming to worship onsite can look around and see “everyone” is not there. There is no way to safely engage in all of the activities from the good old days, making it painfully obvious that if new ways of connecting with people are not determined, the current generation occupying the space within the church may be the last.

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Why are some institutions thriving while others are closing their doors, declaring bankruptcy, and throwing in the towel? Why are some churches missionally prospering while others are experiencing significant decline?

The answer to these questions is an ancient secret, now unveiled afresh for mission on the front lines of a post-COVID world.

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Ann Marie Carley

As I was setting up the space within our building for the first onsite worship experience in over six months, I found myself chuckling. This space isn’t our traditional sanctuary. It is a space that has been home to multiple meals, smiles, and different events over the years. It is the only space inside of […]

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Matt Lake

I suffer from what one might call “Password-itis.” And I would define it as the inability to remember passwords. Anywhere. Anytime. Of any length. Even when the password is easy to remember. Experts would say a “weak” passwords would be something like this: “love” or “chocolate” or “45678” Notice, all lowercase and words that make […]

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(This article originally on the website of the Fuller Seminary De Pree Center) “If I could retire today, I would,” a pastor told his executive coach recently. But he can’t retire and he wonders how he is going to make it through this most unprecedented moment. As the global pandemic and the economic recession stretch […]

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