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I’ve published a book on the issuu.comweb site and it’s for pastors and members of churches that were thriving in the fifties but are now struggling to survive.  It’s free, it’s online, and you can read the whole thing in less than an hour. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: When my daughter, Ellie, was […]

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A little over a week ago, my cousin-in-law Josh, asked how one might go about transitioning traditional churches into “something more missional at its core.” Since I have banged my head against this wall for years in several different churches, my response will be a mixture of, “here’s where I failed,” and “here’s what I […]

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If a living organism doesn’t in some way have a body, would we still call it living? If a church is meant to be an embodied witness of the gospel, but is only seen together in worship gatherings, is the church-as-body metaphor still appropriate? If the church is essentially a gathering for commuters, is there […]

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Chris Backert

It’s no surprise to any church leader (or most members for that matter) that, regardless of denomination, the church in the western world is undergoing transitions of seismic proportion, the likes of which have not been felt in several hundred years. The challenges are twofold. They are external (rooted in the cultural shifts at large) […]

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With a vision for parents with preschool-aged children, this Missional Community connects with preschool families in our community. Through these connections, we hope to build relationships of trust, resource the needs of new parents, provide a community of mutual support, and create a safe space to explore questions of faith, family, and parenthood. In all of […]

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The Roots and Shoots Missional Community is focused on responding to hunger needs within our region. Through a community garden, off-season ideas like canning classes, and celebration festivals throughout the year, we will provide a place for people to grow their own food, learn healthy and sustainable habits, and give back to help others in […]

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