Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
To LOVE YOUR CITY you need (a) - -
who has the primary role to connect missional, unifying, Christ-serving leaders.
(Love Your Neighbor congregations) that are filled with prayer-care-share lifestyle Christ followers.
To transform a city, we must begin by loving and understanding it's people, our neighbors by making a Love Commitment
who are praying in faith, caring with hope, sharing the love of Christ.
of pastors and marketplace people (laity) discerning and coordinating macro / citywide strategies.
Spiritual unity by strategic collaboration among leaders produces an impact through Leadership Connections
Leaders who are stewarding the collaborative movement as a learning community (unity + humility X diversity = ministry!)
City movements, networks and congregations need new concepts and new content for the new cultural context: new tools, new coaching models discovered in a Learning Community
this is not a weekend event (Festival), 40 day emphasis (season of serving), or even a year-long theme
outside expertise helps you ask the right questions at the right time for the right reasons
From Our Friends @ Christ Together -
Across New England ...
Ministries to Strengthen Church and Community Relations
Joy Skjegstad & Heidi Unruh
Endorsement by Phil Miglioratti
This is a book that deserves my #ReimagineCHURCH...hashtag!
Written in the eye of a pandemic storm, Heidi and Joy found themselves asking the questions every church member wanted to ask and every congregational leader knew they needed to ask. "What should the church look like when the crisis has subsided? And how do we get there?”
Writing out of their personal and practitioner experiences, Joy and Heidi provide us a crash course in rethinking core issues and reshaping structures that will empower congregations to respond to a post-pandemic reality.
The focus on “connections” makes this a text for reimagining disciple-making, a tool for reshaping evangelism training, and a tactical guide for loving our communities for-with-to Christ.
The Table of Contents reads like a syllabus to a course on community impact. Each chapter a file with practical instructions and strategic"lab-like” case studies. RealConnections. Talk with Strangers. Everyone Should Have a Friend at Church. Build Relationships with Groups. Connect Across Deep Differences. A Beautiful Day When You Know Your Neighbors. Navigating Change.
Thank you for this strong declaration of hope. Truly, "The Church is not closed.” But it will not be open for business -as-usual.It is time to reimagine church as connections.
In the congregation.
To the community.
How are U.S. Christians currently thinking about
“making disciples of all nations?”
Much of international missions work adapted or was even put on hold last year due to the pandemic. Yet, even well before then, the overall perception of how to practice missions and global evangelism has been shifting, especially among younger generations. There are plenty of reasons for leaders to be curious about how Christians’ thoughts on the topic of missions are evolving.
Barna has partnered with Mission India to explore ideas about effective and sustainable global missions, beginning with Barna’s Activating Missions CoLab. As a starting point, here’s what Barna’s previous studies have revealed about the U.S. Church’s relationship to sharing faith, locally and globally.
Half of Churchgoers Do Not Know the Great Commission
Data from Barna’s Translating the Great Commission report, created in partnership with Seed Company, show that, as of 2018, only 17 percent of churchgoers had heard of “the Great Commission” and knew what the term meant. The remainder of churchgoers largely had never heard of it (51%), with a quarter (25%) saying that they had heard of it but couldn’t recall the exact meaning.
2018 research also shows that age makes a significant difference in whether churchgoers recognize the Great Commission. More than one-quarter of Elders (29%) and Boomers (26%) said they knew the term, compared to 17 percent of Gen X and one in 10 Millennials (10%). Although not even half of any age group knew the Great Commission well, the youngest adult generation was least likely to recognize it.