Church Vitality

CLD Program Brings Focus to Church Vitality

Lowell Greathouse


This six month, intensive experience has been an important part of our learning culture as a district,

On Death and Resurrection

Grant Hagiya


Death is something all of us must face, and that holds true of our church also.

A moratorium on busyness

Kim Fields


Uncharacteristically, my response was that the answer might have nothing to do with doing. Maybe, just maybe, what they needed to do was to concentrate on not doing for awhile.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time…

Grant Hagiya


It was a case of being unlucky or not paying attention, but a learning lesson nonetheless.

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s Laity Sunday!

Mary Foote


Ah, Sunday morning. You get out of bed, start the coffee, hit the shower and get to church. You find a seat – always third from the center, left side, fourth row – and begin worship. Is Sunday morning feeling a little, well, ho-hum? Need to bust out of the sit and listen, stand and sing routine? Have I got a deal for you!   This year, October 19th is identified as Laity Sunday. The theme, Disciples Called to Action: Engaging Small Groups, can be a fine starting point. However, as the General ...

We are far less effective when we go it alone

Grant Hagiya


We are far less effective when we go it alone ...

Characteristics of Renewing Congregations

Steve Ross


What are the signs that your congregation is ready for a genuine renewal? There are four powerful characteristics that are present in almost every congregation that initiates a renewed vitality. These are clues at what to work on if you desire renewal. When they are present they are signs that renewal is possible.

73 percent decrease on line 55

Mike Gregor


I am probably in the minority because I happen to like statistics. Statistics reveal many things about us and our local churches.

Rebranding Catholicism

Mary Foote


I have heard and said, “ I love this new Pope!” Pope Francis shuns the palace, sneaks out to help the poor and focuses on service. What’s not to love?

Eight Strategies for Messes: Blend

Steve Ross


Blend with your community.

This continues my series of blog posts on the eight strategies for dealing with messes from The Innovators Way by Peter Denning and Robert Dunham. Some great thinking there about how to lead a community into a new and greater fruitfulness.

  1. Declare it a mess.
  2. Learn and listen.
  3. Envision an approach.
  4. Blend

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