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Reimagining Church: Restructuring the Church

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


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 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


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.


Not Dead Yet

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.

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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".

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.

Cohort Groups

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LeaderWise's CrossForm:

a unique approach

to equipping congregations

for 21st century ministry.

The focus is threefold:

  • strengthening core
  • building flexibility
  • and deepening impact