by Dorothy Butler Bass
[Read this one for a little hope and affirmation!]
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.
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:
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".
As conservative efforts have moved the public image of Christianity to the right, it is time to reclaim alternatives. This first webinar in the Engaging Christianities and Socialisms series, featuring Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Joerg Rieger, Cornel West, and moderated by Angela Cowser, will investigate the history and future of Christian Socialisms that are deeply democratic, intersectional, and praxis oriented.
Offers free monthly webinars around the theme, Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God's Church.
United Seminary's Karen Hutt and Sara Smalley facilitate weekly Experience for the Sake of It: For the Adventurous Seminarians. Community leaders and members can join the conversation on innovative approaches to doing church. Learn from thought leaders and seminarians in creative engagement.