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Please join us for The Center for Church Renewal Banquet. Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 5:30pm
What is the health of your church?
The need for a church renewal movement in the North American context is apparent everywhere given that 80-85% of churches are plateaued or in decline. For many churches that decline is precipitous.
The Need for
The need for a church renewal movement in the North American context is apparent everywhere given that 80-85% of churches are plateaued or in decline. For many churches that decline is precipitous. A recent survey of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (one of many historic mainline denominations) revealed that the average loss of membership in declining churches has been 27.5% in the past ten years alone. Similar statistics could be found in the majority of mainline denominations.
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Cultivating a Kingdom Outlook in Church RenewalAs I anticipate the gathering of our fourth session in the Church Renewal Lab, I have some insights from Reggie McNeal’s book Kingdom Come…
Renewal Churches As Ripples Of GoodYou get up in the morning and turn on your computer, iPad, or television. The waves of hurt and pain roll in — wars,…
Leadership For Renewal“Can I interview you about leadership?” I was once asked this question by a college student assigned to interview leaders. I was encouraged that she…
How To Be Personal Without Taking Things PersonallyLeaders often find themselves in the crosshairs of criticism. Renewal leaders who push against the status quo often feel like they’re in the center of the bullseye…
Renewal And Keeping It RealPillar Church, a CRC/RCA congregation in Holland, MI, has experienced a remarkable Spirit-birthed turnaround. Their ministry focus is, “A CHURCH FOR THE CITY.” Their…
Dealing With The Crisis of TrustOne of the best investments church renewal leaders can make is in sharpening their leadership abilities. To help our church staff grow in their leadership skills,…
Planning a Vision RetreatThe work of church renewal hinges on ministry leaders’ clarity about the church’s mission and their role in helping to accomplish it. Summer is…
Is It Time to Retreat?In the relentless weekly rhythm of church ministry, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. Sunday is always coming, so we…
The Physics of Church RenewalUnderstanding and harnessing the laws of the universe is powerful! Look no further than the highly anticipated movie Oppenheimer, which is centered around the…
How Culture Impacts Church StructureAt the Center for Church Renewal, we often say, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The general idea is this: You might have all the…
Positive MessagingWould you rather hang out with a “yes” person or a “no” person? A person who is persistently positive or persistently negative? A person…
Recent Trends in Church StaffingA high-functioning church staff helps the church accomplish its mission. A key task many church renewal leaders face is hiring, training, and empowering the right…
Seven Communication Hacks For Church Renewal LeadersGood communication is at the heart of our work as church renewal leaders. Why? The goal of church renewal is transformation. Transformation requires change.…
Tim Keller’s Lessons for Church Renewal LeadersChurch planter and author Tim Keller recently passed away, leaving behind a rich legacy for those who work in church renewal. Keller planted and…
Choose To Change One Thing This SummerThe 2022/23 ministry season has ended. What was the one thing that most annoyed you during the past year? Was it misspelled worship slides,…