J.R. Briggs

The world has been wounded, all while the Church in the West continues to lose credibility and authority. Christian history is full of examples of faith-filled compassionate followers of Jesus who ran toward those who were disgraced, neglected, and wounded. We’re grateful to read stories of the past, but what about the future? After the […]

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Congregations that inhabit their buildings but not their communities may be looking at a bleak future. But you can discover what it means to become a church sent to the world, and why an incarnational church is critical for vibrant ministry in a changing world! At the Future Church Summit, Rev. Shannon Kiser will explore […]

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What if the Holy Spirit has given us everything we need to become the Church of tomorrow TODAY? It might be hard to believe, but you already have what you need to face a changing future! The Church has been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. At the Future Church Summit, Rev. Keisha Polonio […]

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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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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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glennpaauw

The stuff of earth is the stuff of life—and also the stuff of the biblical story. The Bible opens with a poem-like presentation (maybe even a song?) of the creation of the world, complete with refrains of goodness and day counting. Right here at the beginning the Lord is already accounting for food. “Here, see […]

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Matt Lake

We are now many months into this season of the pandemic and, like every other pastor I know, I feel the burden and panic of wondering what ministry in this new COVID world looks like and how to lead a church within such a time. But I think the first two weeks of realizing “no […]

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Kris Beckert

Maybe you remember them too. I remember the days of sitting in the places where my sermon-juices most easily used to start flowing. I remember the plastic booths and tables, background music and conversation, flavored coffee, and chocolate chip bagels. I remember the meetings and lunches and opening the Bible at tables. I remember the […]

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Gannon Sims

We’re coming down to the ground There’s no better place to go We’ve got snow upon the mountains We’ve got rivers down below… -Peter Gabriel, Down to Earth Mixing it up The Fresh Expressions movement advocates a mixed economy between inherited and new forms of church. The mixed economy of Church is a metaphor with […]

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