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Creating a Culture of Renewal
This series of education events hosted by Rebekah Simon-Peter equips participants to lead congregational change.
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Church Mergers
This resource offers 30 questions congregations should consider before undergoing a merger, including logistics such as the commute for congregates, to broader topics like clergy strengths and weaknesses.
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New Visions Initiative: A Blueprint for a Vibrant Congregation
This organization provides resources and guidance for historically African American Episcopal congregations focusing on renewal, a vision for the future, and creative culture change.
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The Unstuck Church: Equipping Churches to Experience Sustained Health
This resource lays out the seven lifecycle phases of a congregation, beginning with "Launch" and ending with "Life Support." It also provides tools for churches to map out a strategic response to each stage.
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Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood
This book provides the reader with knowledge and inspiration to start a missional church from the ground up, a process that starts by asking what God is already doing in the neighborhood and how you can help.
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Jump-starting a Synagogue Stimulus Plan
This article looks at the challenges facing synagogues in the United States and offers solutions to overcome them.
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Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries
This book lists six congregational assets, also known as "currencies." By using gracious leadership, relationships, truth, wellness, money, time, and place, congregations are able to support the holy direction of people development.
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We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation
This devotional book consists of 52 readings designed to be read over a year. It contains scripture, cultural observations, and engages in reflective questions.
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Renewing Our Church
This web resource offers an engaging video presentation about how an established but faltering congregation understands and celebrates its congregational renewal.
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It’s About Life

A generation ago, congregational observers noted that congregations experiencing growth were those which gave clear-cut, right and wrong, direction about life.

I want to note a subtle correction to this observation.

Vital congregations are those which give more attention to the lives of adherents than the needs of the institution. Congregations which are flourishing are those which provide education, a sense of community, and moments of meaning that help congregants navigate the challenges of life with resilience.

A balance

Certainly, your congregation needs to pay attention to its organizational life. You need people attending to budgets, the condition of the facility, the copier, the agenda for the board meeting and so forth. Yet, if attention to the operations of the congregation subtracts from supporting the lives of members and the lives of people in the community, then folks will sense that the congregation is not doing what it is called to do. The congregation becomes a purposeless community in which only those with a strong sense of obligation will stay engaged.

Paying attention to life

Flourishing congregations are those which pay attention to life. People are praying. They are asking important questions. They are thinking about what it means to be a community. The congregation serves as a resource to its members around any number of crucial matters: parenting, finances, justice, vocation, character building, and of course, one’s connection to God.

My colleague Kara Faris and I were introduced to 12 creative congregations and had the privilege of writing about them for the book Divergent Church. A divergent church focuses on an aspect of life beyond the emphasis on the church itself.

It’s about life. It’s not about the congregation as an end unto itself.

What matters most to you in life?

Let your congregation attend to such matters.

To learn more about the book, Divergent Church, here are two links:

https://thecrg.org/resources/divergent-church-the-bright-promise-of-alternative-faith-communities

https://www.faithandleadership.com/kara-faris-divergent-churches-are-exploring-innovative-ways-congregational-life

You can also read this blog about practices that connect faith and life.

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