Luke Edwards

The church has moved online. And this year has taught us that some aspects of church are harder than others to practice on the internet. When I ask folks what they have missed most about church this past year it’s the fellowship, the relationships, the sense of life together. Rowan Williams notes, “Church is what […]

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With vaccinations rolling out around the world everything is changing again! It’s impossible to predict what to expect in the years to come, but there are clear trends that church leaders need to reflect on. Here are some questions to consider as you discern your church’s next steps. With everything that has happened over the […]

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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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The year 2020 brought about seismic shifts in the way we engage in weekly worship, but the Good News of Jesus Christ has remained the same. In this new season of ministry, you need a strategy for telling the old story in whatever setting you find your church can gather in. Hybrid Worship draws on […]

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About 20 years ago I was helping out a friend who was the young adults pastor at a medium-sized church in the Portland, OR area. The pastor and main Sunday communicator prided himself on his expository preaching and as the new technology of PowerPoint and projectors became more and more prevalent in the church, with […]

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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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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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Shannon Kiser

Recently, Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight,” which was originally released in 1980, hit the charts again. Why? Because twin You Tubers went viral. These Gen-Z teens have populated their YouTube channel with videos in which they record themselves listening to new-to-them songs. The viewers get a front-row seat to their reaction to songs that […]

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