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Sep

Healthy Church Refocusing

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Here's a link to a "Heathy Church Refocusing" chart PDF on our site. http://www.wiclassis.org/images/stories/PDF/(R) Healthy Church Refocusing.pdf... Continue reading
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Sep

Pray For Your Pastor! (from Illiana Classis)

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Pray For Your Pastor!   First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men... I Timothy 2:1-2   Thought Life …that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which... Continue reading
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Sep

How to Split Your Church (from Illiana Classis)

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How to Split Your Church   Let’s call it job security. Since a part of my ministry involves helping people, especially pastors, through conflict issues, let me tell you some ways to split your church. The following plan, reprinted from Love In Action: Healing Conflict in Your Church (Robert Moeller, Multnomah Books, 1994), if followed carefully, will result in far more work than I could possibly want.   Step One – Focus exclusively on your... Continue reading
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28
Sep

NCD Process and Checklist

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  The NCD process is designed to help a congregation address its Minimum Factor.There are five steps to the cycle of the NCD process:   Step 1: Prepare NCD principles shared, understood and process with key leaders. Ownership gained within the church. Coach relationship established and defined. Initial Church Health Team members recruited and orientated; team work begun Intercessors for focused prayer mobilized. Order NCD survey through the Synod of Mid-America — Randy Kooy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.... Continue reading
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28
Sep

A More Detailed Look at the Purposeful Living Process (Illiana Classis)

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  Focus Question #1—Where Have I Been?   Step 1—Journaling Your Story You will journal the events of your life that have had an impact on who you are today, the people who have influenced and shaped you, and the circumstances that have affected your life direction.   Step 2—Creating Your Post-It Note Timeline The “post-it note timeline” is a systematic way of seeing where God has been working in the past as a way... Continue reading
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28
Sep

Network Meetings (Illiana Classis)

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  The four components of a network meeting are:   Worship Almost any worship appropriate to a smaller group will work. Leadership is usually shared among network members from meeting to meeting.   Collegial support (“checking in” and building community) Collegial support is a key dimension of network life. Early in the process, “ice-breakers’ may be helpful. Catch up with one another in creative ways. This often leads into a time of shared prayer.  ... Continue reading
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28
Sep

Lilly Grant—Eligible Networks

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  An RCA Lilly grant-eligible coached revitalizing network is: Marked by covenantal accountability, collegial support, and transformational learning. Led by an approved, accountable, and coached network coach/facilitator. Composed of pastors who have a personal calling statement or who commit to develop one, whose consistories commit to engage in the revitalization process along with the pastor, and who communicate their joint commitments to the congregation Committed to coaching of the pastors by the network facilitator or... Continue reading
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Sep

Covenantal Commitments of the Pastor to the Consistory

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Here is a sample covenant that a pastor and consistory can modify for their use.   Transformational learning—I will: Seek personal growth and transformation through this process—personally, spiritually, and professionally—especially as it relates to church revitalization Regularly report to the consistory concerning what I am learning as well as what I am beginning to question or wonder about Lead the consistory in wrestling with questions of “So what?” and “How does that apply to us?”as... Continue reading
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Sep

Network Covenant Elements

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  As network pastors develop a covenant together, consider addressing the three elements that undergird a coached revitalizing network:   Transformational learning requires that participants Prepare for each network meeting (do all of the reading and reflect on the questions being raised) Engage fully in the coaching relationship outside of network meetings in order to be better equipped and empowered to lead their congregations in ongoing revitalization   Covenantal accountability requires participants to Make network... Continue reading
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May

Cardboard Testimonies

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This Easter Sunday, Faith Reformed Church in Wisconsin Rapids invited members to share the difference Jesus has made in their lives with "cardboard testimonies."  We actually had one teen guy join the group at the last minute, and followed these with a verbal witness from one member.   For one example of cardboard testimonies, see this link.... Continue reading
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