Church Renewal and Church Planters

Church renewal and church planting have long been considered separate disciplines with their own skill sets leading to success.  Increasingly, however, church leadership observers are noting that the fundamental skills for planting and renewal are …

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.  …

A Renewal Experiment: Messy Church

Three years ago, our youth pastor brought us an idea: Messy Church. It is a movement that started in England that uses all generations to reach children for Christ. Each Messy Church gathering lasts around …

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 …

Biblical Prayers for Renewal

Often, our prayer lives can grow stale. We are wise to return to the scriptures, because they give us words we didn’t know we needed. God’s people have always prayed for and sought God for …

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 …