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7 investments for creating trust accounts

Church revitalization demands change.  Change is essential if churches are to move ever closer to the goal of becoming intentional missional congregations that make more and better disciples.  Churches that resist change will inevitably die …

7 Practices for rooting vision into culture

7 Practices for rooting vision into culture

Most renewal-oriented congregations have developed a vision statement.  Vision statements identify a congregation’s “main thing” and help them focus on loving God, loving neighbor and making more and better disciples.  Unfortunately, most vision statements never …

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Nurturing a culture of “Yes”

Floating off the waters of Bar Harbor, Maine is a crab boat named “Beth Said Yes!”  What’s the story behind that name?  Could it celebrate a deckhand coming home to a young wife with a …

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Shaping Culture Through Axioms

In church revitalization healthy culture is more important than good strategy. As someone has rightly pointed out, “culture eats strategy for lunch.” But how do leaders shape a congregation’s culture? One important tool is employing …

Launching a Leadership Revolution in the Church

On Thursday October 10, 2019 the Center for Church Renewal and Calvin Seminary launched the first annual Partricia S. Duthler Seminar Series for Church Renewal entitled “Launching a Leadership Revolution in the Church.” The seminar …

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The Gracious Act of Involvement

In his book Leadership Jazz, Max DePree writes “Clergy often see delegation as a shirking of their duty rather than a gracious act of involvement.” Many pastors believe they must do all the preaching, all the …

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Maximizing Staff Impact

Not long ago congregations of several hundred often had the pastor as their church’s sole employee. Today even small congregations are known to employ part-time staff in areas such as administration, youth, worship, outreach, children’s ministry, …