Renewal In A Phygital World

Much is being written about the rapidly emerging phygital world.  Phygital, as the name implies, is the blending of the physical and digital experiences.  Think, for example, of in-person dining where a QR code uploads …

Renewal In A Post-Programmed World

In renewal circles much has been discussed about the transition to a new post-modern, post-churched, post-institutional, and post-Christian era.  Less discussed is a transition to a post-programmed world that is being hastened by the pandemic.  …

Renewal And Beginning With ‘One-Thing’

Many renewal leaders are looking for ways to emerge from the confines of COVID-19.  This emergence has proven difficult for many (not all) congregations given the uncertainties of the pandemic, a lackluster return to in-person …

Engaging Young Families

In a recent conversation, a local pastor lamented the lack of young families participating in congregational life.  I noted that engaging 25 to 40-year-olds (the Millennial generation) is a near universal challenge.  Millennials are less …

Renewal Structures For A Post-COVID World

Those familiar with biology understand the distinction between exoskeletons and endoskeletons. The former is a rigid external skeleton (think lobster). The latter is a flexible internal skeleton (think yourself). Exoskeletons provide excellent protection but limited …

Renewal And Shaping The Christian Mind

A big challenge facing renewal leaders today is the shaping of Christian minds.  On a regular basis, congregants name convictions that are clearly inconsistent with a biblical world view.  Sadly, these inconsistencies diminish the faith …

Discipleship Discoveries For Renewal Congregations

The Barna Group, in partnership with the Navigators, published a pre-COVID (2015) research project entitled THE STATE OF DISCIPLESHIP focused on disciple-making in the North American context.  The information contained in the report highlights the …

Renewal and Landing on Your Feet

Great renewal leaders consistently land on their feet following a setback. Setbacks may include having important projects rejected by the community, having grand visions met with a yawn, having people entrusted with important tasks underperform, …