Category Archives: Church revitalization

God Carries Out His Mission Through Global Migration — Dr. Douglas Rutt

Dr. Douglas Rutt, the director of International Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries writes in an article, “God Carries Out His Mission Through Global Migration” (The Lutheran Layman, November-December 2017 p. 16), ‘Migration’ in many ways defines the 21st Century. A … Continue reading

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“7 Benefits to Pruning” by Jock Ficken

Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken, the Executive Director of Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) writes, It’s no secret that the Church in the U.S. is struggling and declining; it’s well documented in many places. It’s no secret that this places enormous pressures … Continue reading

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“The Fatal Flaw of Planning” by Rev. Scott Gress

Rev. Scott Gress provides some thoughts on how congregational leadership teams can avoid fatal flaws related to congregational planning. He writes, As fall is just around the corner, there are a number of things that are coming into focus for … Continue reading

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The Invisible Leadership Virus — Rev. Scott Gress

Rev. Scott Gress discusses the leadership virus that is spreading throughout churches and how to overcome this virus in the following blog post: There’s a leadership virus going on in churches. It spreads some damagingly false information about what leadership is and what leadership … Continue reading

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Living “Questionable” Lives — Michael Frost at Exponential 2014

Back by popular demand! In the following presentation Michael Frost addresses the trend of congregations reducing being missional to simple acts of kindness, service, and relationship building in their neighbourhood. Frost counters that, “If we do not ever get an … Continue reading

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“Get Out!” by Rev. Dr. Peter A. Meier

Dr. Peter Meier, the Executive Director of the Center for US Missions, writes in Mission Moments (January 16, 2017): A Facebook post by Church Planter Kyle Blake caught my eye. As an urban missionary, and pastor, I find that my … Continue reading

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A Manual to Help You Birth a New Community of Faith

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission is investing significant energy and effort in working with our districts to assist in their church planting efforts. Church planting can be accomplished through mother congregations, sponsoring circuits, or planting networks that … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Disciple Young Leaders — Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken

Rev. Dr. Josh Ficken, the director of Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) discusses way to disciple young leaders in our church. He writes, You may have noticed there aren’t many young leaders in most congregations today. Ain’t many young “anybodies” in … Continue reading

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Verge Network Provides Free Resources to Assist You in Discipling Jesus’ Followers

Michael Stewart (“Stew”), the Founding Director of Verge Network & Conferences, writes, God’s hope for the world is the local church. The local church is His Plan A, and there is no Plan B. God’s agents of implementation are the people … Continue reading

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What is the Essence of Being a Lutheran Christian in Mercy?

Rev. Dr. Mattthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, writes, What is the essence of being a Lutheran Christian in mercy?  Christ!  What does Christ do? He speaks Law and Gospel. He speaks consolation.  He speaks His … Continue reading

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