Season 4 begins with an introduction of "Fresh Expressions," innovative micro-Christian communities that have arisen as a response to dwindling attendance in traditional churches.
These groups connect with individuals who may be seeking alternative spiritual communities to the Tradition Church structure.
Tune in to episode 1 to delve into the Mixed Ecology of these Christian communities and learn why it's significant.
Successful change requires setting priorities. But how can a leader discern which goals are most important? Doug Powe and Lovett Weems suggest a series of questions that can help reveal which initiatives can make the most difference.
The Good Neighbor Movement isn’t your typical church community but they are joining God in their neighborhoods in some incredible ways! Here’s how they introduce themselves on their website: “Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, we are an alternative spiritual community. Inspired by the revolutionary teachings and activism of Jesus, and drawing from diverse religious and wisdom traditions, we seek to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in everyday life, with our contemplative activist groups, in homes, coffee shops, bars, the outdoors, the streets, online - in our neighborhoods.”
By Dave Harder
[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.
Gretta Vosper is passionate about the work of capturing the “off-label benefits” of religion for individuals and communities for which religious belief or practice is no longer meaningful. She has served West Hill United Church for over twenty-five years, supporting its transition to a theologically non-exclusive community, the first of its kind within traditional Christianity.
A best-selling author, Gretta has written three books: With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe, Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief, and Time or Too Late: Chasing the Dream of a Progressive Christian Faith. Gretta’s blog, A Whole Lot of Broken, is on Substack.
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".
Offers free monthly webinars around the theme, Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God's Church.
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.