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Thinking bigger about faith formation

Thinking bigger about faith formation

When I check out congregational websites, I’m always surprised with how much content is focused on what happens within the walls of the congregation.  In regard to faith formation, most websites would have you believe that the only way person is spiritually fed is to come to church and participate in a structured program.  

Spiritual malnourishment

Spiritual malnourishment

One of the most pressing issues facing the congregations today is the spiritual malnourishment of their members.  The problem isn’t so much what happens on Sunday. For many Christians, this is a day of feasting. The challenge arises when Christians choose to fast spiritually the rest of the week. Spiritual malnourishment is a choice that can be

Young adults and faith formation

Young adults and faith formation

Demonstrate to members how to make and deepen friendship. Help members move beyond their comfort zones so that they naturally introduce themselves to others they know know or can’t remember their name. Teach members how to deepen existing friendships through caring conversations. Young people in our congregations should be able to name at least three

Using your website to form faith

Using your website to form faith

Websites and social media sites I view on behalf of coaching congregations often do not reflect the vitality I find while visiting these same congregations.  Nor do the web and social media sites seem to be extensions of what people are experiencing first-hand within their congregational settings. Web and social media sites should be viewed

Embrace rhythms that renew you

Embrace rhythms that renew you

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 As we recognize the start of a new church season today, I’m reminded of the important role that rhythms play in our lives and our ministries. So often ministry feels more like a marathon rather than a series of sprints with breaks in between. When I fail to pace myself, avoid weaving sabbath moments

Broadening faith formation pathways

Broadening faith formation pathways

  How are we helping people learn on their own and learn online? Do we provide Bible reading plans? Do we provide a list of recommended books about the Bible, theology, prayer and spiritual practices? Do we provide or direct people to online Bible and theology courses? Do we provide or direct people to podcasts,

Meetings as worshipful work

Meetings as worshipful work

stay engaged in the life of the congregation when they rotate off the board or council bring more energy and insight to meetings while growing in vitality and spiritual maturity are empowered to the share ministry with clergy and members at large. Meetings as Worshipful Work If we redefine the activity of the people of

Ten reasons why guests don’t return

Ten reasons why guests don’t return

I was brainstorming with some leaders recently about what they were hearing as to why visitors weren’t coming to their congregation, or why they weren’t bothering to return. Listed below is the “Top 10” of a rather lengthy list. 1. A website that’s outdated, boring and not user-friendly. 2. Signage, internal and external, that’s inadequate.

Is generosity one of your faith formation outcomes?

Is generosity one of your faith formation outcomes?

In the spring edition of the Lifelong Faith Journal, there’s an article by Linda Staats about the Generosity Project that explains how important the practice of generosity is to the daily expression of our faith. She suggests that the faith practice of generosity is best formed in households, with the support of the congregation and

What’s your plan for learning?

What’s your plan for learning?

I’m an avid book reader and am a sponge for new ideas.  I believe that leaders are learners and need ongoing dialogue with other leaders and as well as new insights from books and resources. I’m curious what you’ve been learning lately and what books, experiences and conversations you’ve had that stretched your thinking and