Church Growth and Vitality

Many Voices One Mission: Liminal Space – The Road is Made by Walking

Donald Remick

2/20/2019

"One of the fundamental lessons of that road is liminal space. It is learning how to become comfortable with having more questions than answers." —Rev. Don Remick


What is Contemporary Worship

The Parish Paper

2/1/2019

At First Church, the newly arrived pastor faced a question over whether to continue holding its evening service, which utilizes a rock band, praise songs, and emphasizes casual dress. To foster discussion, the pastor held a class for church leaders titled, “Worship: Changing to Reach a New Generation.” In class, a woman who attends the more traditional morning service raised her hand. “Pastor, I keep hearing people talk about contemporary worship. What exactly does that mean?”


Many Voices One Mission: Intentional Christian Community

Ryan Gackenheimer

12/12/2018

"What makes Christian Community different, however, is that in Christian Community we believe in reconciliation, the restoration of relationship, and welcoming folks back into community and covenant." — Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer


Many Voices One Mission: Ministry As Art

Susan Townsley

12/5/2018

"A minister needs time to think creatively and playfully." — Susan Page Townsley


How to Develop Habits for Well-Being

The Parish Paper

11/1/2018

Seminaries and social work programs often ask their students to create a self-care plan. Not only does this send a message about self-care while pursuing a degree, ordination, or certification, it also makes clear that self-care is a life-long commitment for those who serve the church and others.


Many Voices One Mission: Actions Matter, Now

Pam Arifian

10/31/2018

"The interconnectedness of justice issues and climate impact means that your action at every level matters." — Pam Arifian


Many Voices One Mission: Exciting Stewardship

Charles Kuchenbrod

10/31/2018

"The stewardship committee often is placed in the church trustee/finance budget constellation of people. It belongs in the deacon/faith formation constellation of people." — Charlie Kuchenbrod


Many Voices One Mission: More Frequent, More Intense

Donald Remick

10/3/2018

"And churches stay on the ground, involved in helping people find their way into a new normal, long after the news crews have moved on to the next disaster or lead story." —Rev. Don Remick


Don’t Disagree, Deliberate: How to Lead Community Conversations in Your Church

The Parish Paper

10/1/2018

The church is no stranger to controversy. Chapter 15 of the Book of Acts describes a heated debate among the apostles at a gathering in Jerusalem. Should Gentiles be welcomed as Jesus’ followers or only Jews who kept Moses’ law by getting circumcised? When they resolved the matter, the letter they sent out to the churches acknowledged God’s work in the midst of disagreement: “For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us,” they wrote, that even non-Jews should be welcomed (Acts 15:28). Yet...


Many Voices, One Mission: Viability

Jonathan New

9/5/2018

"Churches are closing and it’s time to break the silence." — Rev. Jonathan New


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Dawn Adams

John Allen

James Antal

Steven Aucella

Andrea Ayvazian

Kazimierz Bem

Margaret Bendroth

Rachel Bickford

Marisa Brown-Ludwig

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Sarah Buteux

Alison Buttrick Patton

Matthew Carriker

Bart Cochran

June Cooper

Lucy Costa

Brendan Curran

Joanne Dickey

Rev. Rob Donaldson

Matthew Emery

Robert Everett

Justine Fisler

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

Michael Frady

Kelly Gallagher

Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane

Thomas Gerstenlauer

Debbie Gline Allen

Martha Goodman

Cleo Graham

Sir John Hargrave

TJ Harper

Myriam Hernandez Jennings

John Hudson

Elena Huegel

Vicki Kemper

Debbie Kolacki

Rosemary Lamie

Kate Layzer

Barbara Libby

Amy Lignitz Harken

Mark Longhurst

Estelle Margarones

Elsa Marshall

Keith Marzilli Ericson

Debi Mastroni-Kenyon

Jessica McArdle

Fred Meade

Karen Methot

Kimberly Murphy

Liza Neal

Jonathan New

Brenda Nolan

Amelia Nugent

The Parish Paper

Lindsay Popper

Judith Raymond

Donald Remick

Ellie Richardson

Rev. Valeria Schmidt

Timoth Sylvia

Nancy Taylor

Sally Tomasetti

Tiffany Vail

Wendy Vander Hart

Todd Weir

John White