Category Archives for "FaithSoaring Churches"

Insight 187: FaithSoaring Churches Focus on Inter-Tenure Efforts

Congregations seeking to transform give intentional focus to the interaction of people with various tenures within the life of the congregation. While age and generational difference can be observed by physical appearance, tenure cannot. Thus, it makes tenure a more difficult characteristic to address. One congregation that used an open process for people to volunteer […]

Insight 186: FaithSoaring Churches Focus on Intergenerational Efforts

Congregations seeking to transform give intentional focus to the interaction of various birth generations. They seek to keep the natural tendency toward age segregation from dividing their congregation. They have worship experiences, fellowship events, spiritual formation, and missional engagement that include people from various generations. Their intentionality in this area includes specific measurements of progress […]

Insight 185: FaithSoaring Churches Have Leaders Who Value What They Lead

Congregations seeking to transform have leaders who value what they lead. While this sounds obvious, it may not always be true. For example, do those who lead the financial area of the congregation value tithing and generosity, and are obvious examples of personal practice in this area? Or, do those who lead youth/student/teenagers program really […]

Insight 184: FaithSoaring Churches Encourage Spiritual Formation

Congregations seeking to transform are proactive in encouraging spiritual formation. In dialogue within congregations we often engage one another in dialogue about family, work, sports, health, and various life experiences. Not often do we engage one another in conversations about spiritual formation. The most important relationships are spiritual. Appropriate questions can revolve around how each […]

Insight 183: FaithSoaring Churches Take Preaching Seriously

Congregations seeking to transform and the preaching/teaching ministers who lead them, take the art and science of preaching/teaching very serious. Preaching is not just that portion of worship services when some nice words are said about a biblical text. Preaching is an experience where preacher/teacher, God’s written and living Word, and congregation encounter one another. […]

Insight 182: FaithSoaring Churches Differentiate Between Sacred Cows and Fruitful Traditions

While congregations seeking to transform are willing to address and eliminate sacred cows, they are also able to differentiate between sacred cows and fruitful traditions. Queen and Davis in Hopeful Imagination [2014] put it this way: “Not all traditions are sacred cows that need to be put out to pasture. Many traditions have endured for […]

Insight 180: FaithSoaring Churches Follow God’s Purpose

“When you start following God’s purpose, God will start making ways.” [Queen and Davis, Hopeful Imagination, 2014] Congregations desiring to transform follow God’s purpose first, last, and all along the way. They surrender their purpose to God’s purpose. They move along a continuum from success to significance toward the goal of surrender to God’s purpose. […]

Insight 179: FaithSoaring Churches Are Deep Rather Than Shallow

Congregations seeking to transform move beyond shallow spiritual and social relationships to deep relationships. In praying they do not engage in shallow prayers that speak in general about their praise for God, one another, with ignorance of the hopes and hurts of their congregation and their community context. They encourage people to share deep and […]