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Reimagining Church: Restructuring

Visioning a future church for the now; creating communities centered on Christ, cosmic good, and conscientious living.

Books

2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change               CHURCH AFTER: Finding transformation in unexpected change by [Mitchell Hall, Anna]     CHURCH AT THE WALL     Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred     Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee          Picture of The Innovative Church          Cover for A New Christianity for a New World     New Wine New Wineskins     Oneing: The Future of Christianity     Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World     Image result for praying with our feet     Reawakened          Remove the Pews | Spiritual Possibilities for Sacred Spaces (Schaper)     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     This Is God’s Table     Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities     Book - Paperback

Study Guides

The End of Religion     The End of Religion Study Companion     The End of Religion Study Companion     The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal

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Blogs & Podcasts

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Reimagining Church Buildings

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How can your church building be an asset rather than a liability? Dave Harder says we must interrogate the dominant narrative that says church is what happens in the building for a few hours on a Sunday and let a new narrative emerge — one that focuses on God’s hopes and dreams for the neighborhood.

 

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Episode 86: “Daring to Think Forward in a Time of Accelerating Change” featuring Dwight Friesen

How can churches get ahead of the curve by learning to anticipate change rather than always responding to change after the fact? Dwight Friesen shares ways to cultivate the imagination and skill set needed to think forward.

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Flipping the Script on Church Owned Property

How can local churches reimagine property stewardship so that a building can fund a church, rather than a church needing to fund a building? Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen offer examples of churches that have discovered innovative ways to leverage their property to fund their church and ministry.

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Not Dead Yet

by Dorothy Butler Bass

[Read this one for a little hope and affirmation!]

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Church Anew's Mark Elsdon is confident that We Aren't Broke.

The Kaleo Center offers this excellent resource on Sevenfold Social Transformation: excellent reading for vision, mission, and identity discernment; outreach and organizing discussions; and community engagement decisions.

Joerg Rieger and Tripp Fuller, founder of the Home-brewed Christianity podcast, host an online course: Capital Change: The End of Religion and Business as Usual.

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Episode 71: “Recalibrating the Church” featuring Scott Cormode

Why is change so difficult for churches? In this episode we speak with Scott Cormode about how church leaders can break free of common myths that cloud our thinking about change and how to embrace processes that sow the seeds of meaningful innovation.

Webinars & Training

From Organized Religion to Organizing Religion

Brian McLaren and Convergence provide an online, on-demand continuing education program for clergy and laity who want to strengthen their church while preparing for the cultural changes that impact ministry. Built to train lay and ordained leaders as spiritual activists in a growing, multi-denominational movement of just and generous Christianity, the courses include:

  • Clarifying Your Church's Identity
  • Your Message Matters
  • Curating Change
  • Worship Matters
  • Your Congregation As a School of Love
  • Church Impact

Courses can be purchased individually for $69. Small group and congregation pricing also available. Interested in purchasing all 6? Contact Convergence for pricing.

               

CONVERGENCE offers numerous training webinars and courses for emerging church leadership, for individuals and teams. Their, How to Use Your Church Campus As a Tool for Neighborhood Revitalization or Online Small Group Curriculum for Your Church are options to invite your entire congregation to "imagine a new future for your church".

Offers free monthly webinars around the theme, Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God's Church.

Cohorts

Innovation Lab's Cohorts walk through their five-phase Theological Innovation Process, then partner with a trained coach from outside the faith community (and innovators from around the country) in an 18-month journey toward organizational transformation.

LeaderWise's CrossForm:

a unique approach

to equipping congregations

for 21st century ministry.

The focus is threefold:

  • strengthening core
  • building flexibility
  • and deepening impact

In Our Library

The Age of the Spirit | Baker Publishing Group     Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 9 - The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age     34564368. sy475           Book - Paperback               Church in the Inventive Age  -     By: Doug Pagitt     Cover Image     Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are Done with Church but Not Their Faith  -     By: Josh Packard Ph.D., Ashleigh Hope          Book - Paperback     Community: The Structure Of Belonging, 2nd Edition     Deepening Your Effectiveness     Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters:  Phyllis Tickle: 9780801013553 - Christianbook.com     Essays on the New Worshiping Communities Movement     Cover Image     Faith of Leap, The: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage -  eBook: Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch: 9781441234247 - Christianbook.com          A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation     Book - Paperback     FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS     Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century     Gear Up!: Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church  -     By: Kay Kotan          The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian D. Mclaren     Liberating Hope | Daring to Renew the Mainline Church (Piazza & Trimble)     The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network #17) Cover Image     A New Day in the City: Urban Church Revival  -     By: Donna Claycomb Sokol, Roger Owens     New Growth in God's Garden          E-Book          Real Good Church | How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too (Baskette)     Book - Paperback          The Sacred Secular: How God Is Using the World to Shape the Church  -     By: Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Rob Rynders          Structured for Mission          Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To          Cover Image     True Inclusion     Cover Image     Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World: Acevedo, Mr Jorge:  9781426767555: Books - Amazon     Weird Church | Welcome to the Twenty-First Century (Estock and Nixon)     

Studies - In Our Library

Slow Church     Slow Church Study Guide