Church Growth and Vitality

Many Voices One Mission: Hope

Charles Kuchenbrod

4/10/2019

"In the midst of an occupation by a repressive foreign power, where religious authorities were collaborators, where the economic system was unjust and income inequality extreme, where women and many others were harshly discriminated against, in the midst of all this, Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is at hand." — Charlie Kuchenbrod


Many Voices, One Mission: Legacy Beneficiaries

Jonathan New

4/3/2019

"What if legacy thinking guided all our church decisions?" — Rev. Jonathan New


Building Your Community Ties with a Block Party

The Parish Paper

4/1/2019

Some neighborhoods feel more secure once neighbors have become acquainted. Church leaders wanting to get to know their community could organize a block party. It can be a great way to meet the neighbors and develop friendships. A key goal of a block party, besides having fun, should be to build relationships among the strangers in our midst. The first steps when planning a block party are developing a simple theme (such as a color or a holiday) or highlighting a community issue that needs to be ...


Many Voices One Mission: The Backbone of Silver Lake

Ryan Gackenheimer

3/27/2019

"It truly is a life changing experience being a counselor." — Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer


Many Voices One Mission: Cultivating Connections

Pam Arifian

3/20/2019

"The magic is in connecting their hearts and minds with wonder and beauty of the planet..." — Pam Arifian


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.


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Dawn Adams

John Allen

James Antal

Steven Aucella

Andrea Ayvazian

Kazimierz Bem

Margaret Bendroth

Rachel Bickford

Marisa Brown-Ludwig

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Sarah Buteux

Alison Buttrick Patton

Matthew Carriker

Bart Cochran

June Cooper

Lucy Costa

Brendan Curran

Barbara Darling

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

Louellyn Lambros

Rosemary Lamie

Kate Layzer

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

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Judith Raymond

Donald Remick

Ellie Richardson

Rev. Valeria Schmidt

Timoth Sylvia

Sally Tomasetti

Tiffany Vail

Wendy Vander Hart

Todd Weir

John White

Gail Wright