Category Archives for "FaithSoaring Churches"

Insight 063: FaithSoaring Churches Focus on Benefits for Connecting with Their Congregation

Congregations needing to transform too often have a desperate need for new people to connect with their congregation who can be active, have leadership ability, and will tithe their income through the congregation. They want these people to provide the new attendance, leadership, and financial support the congregation needs to transform. This comes close to […]

Insight 061: FaithSoaring Churches Define Different Ways to Connect with the Congregation

Several decades ago there was primarily one way to connect with congregations. Join. Become a member. Or, become an associate member. Now things are different. Multiple ways exist to connect with congregations. Some relate to the process or stages of connecting. There is membership. There is connecting. There is active participation. There is lurking which […]

Insight 060: FaithSoaring Churches Stop Defending the Indefensible

For congregations to become FaithSoaring they must stop defending the indefensible. In general, the indefensible are the things that stopped working some years ago, models of congregational life that are no longer relevant, methods that speak to a context that no longer exists, and/or patterns familiar to long-term members but strange to people who might […]

Insight 059: FaithSoaring Churches Understand the Difference Between Missional and Missio Dei

Currently popular is for congregations to transform by a focus on being missional. To focus on missional–the “go” action where congregations cross barriers to identify with and minister in a world context as proactive participants in God’s mission–can become just another program. It is in many settings the “in” thing. Any time even the best […]

Insight 057: FaithSoaring Churches Have Prayerful Dialogue with Other Congregations

Many congregations who need to transform are myopic and defensive about their situation. They are stuck in the “Ain’t It Awful” Zone. They are primarily talking to themselves about their situation. When they talk to people in their family and friends network these people say to them “why have your let your congregation fail like […]

Insight 056: FaithSoaring Churches Have Consistent Doctrine and Practice

Many congregations are part of denominations and other networks of congregations who have strong doctrinal positions that focus on the missional nature of congregations. Such a focus may help FaithSoaring Churches develop and sustain continual relevance to their context. However, many congregations who need to transform dilute or ignore the prophetic edge of these doctrinal […]

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