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SIX-MINUTE STUDY #10 Mother’s Day


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #10

       Mother’s Day can be one of the most highest attendance Sundays of the year, and it isn’t because of all the mothers there. It’s because of the non-church-going family members – the spouses, adult and young children, who come with mom! Yes, it is a ‘greeting card holiday’, but there is no doubting it is an important family day in all of our communities. Churches have great opportunities to engage newcomers on this special day, May 8th.  (It’s not too late to make plans!)

 

Here are a couple of links to Mother’s Day worship resources:

 

https://www.rca.org/resources/mothersday

 

http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/948/children-lead-mothers-day-worship

SIX-MINUTE STUDY #9

       Spring. Time to prepare the soil and get ready for planting. Many church leaders in our Diocese are seeking to sow seeds for growth this season. Duke University Professor, L. Gregory Jones says, “Transformative change, rooted in tradition and the preservation of wisdom, cultivates the adaptive work that is crucial to the ongoing vitality and growth of any organism, Christian institutions included.”

 

Here’s an article from Dr. Jones, senior strategist, theologian and former Dean of Duke Divinity School. It is called “Seven tips for cultivating traditioned innovation in leadership teams.”  

 

https://www.faithandleadership.com/l-gregory-jones-seven-tips-cultivating-traditioned-innovation-leadership-teams

 

 

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SIX-MINUTE STUDY #8

       “Hard times in the Maritimes!”  An old familiar saying that acknowledged the challenges folks in these parts faced. Some might say that in some areas, this applies to the church. But what if we viewed our struggles in a different light? This reality could cause us to despair, or instead inspire us to approach this as an opportunity for “courageous discernment”. 

 

Here’s an article from the Alban Institute, called “Hard-Times Leadership.”  

 

https://alban.org/archive/hard-times-leadership-discerning-the-spiritual-challenges/

 

 

For more articles and our own Diocesan stories/photos, see Facebook: Parish Vitality Coordinator – Diocese of NS & PEI.

 

Easter Season Blessings,  

Diocesan Parish Vitality Coordinator

The Rev’d. Lisa G. Vaughn

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SIX-MINUTE STUDY #7

       The happy and holy season of Easter speaks of resurrection, new life and a fresh start.

For many parishes this is a time of reflecting on who they are as church and where God is calling them. As we pray in our Easter Vigil Collect (BAS, p. 329), “Renew your Church with the Spirit given to us in baptism…” Here is an article that may inspire you further, to consider being “spiritual entrepreneurs” as you seek to renew your approach to mission.

 

http://careynieuwhof.com/2016/03/11-characteristics-spiritual-entrepreneur/

 

 

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Holy Week Blessings,  

Diocesan Parish Vitality Coordinator

The Rev’d. Lisa G. Vaughn

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SIX-MINUTE STUDY #6

       Okay, it’s here. Holy Week is rolling along and typically one of the biggest attendance Sundays, Easter, is almost upon us. It’s been my experience that the small things can have the greatest impact on visitors and returning Anglicans.  Here is a brief article outlining some easy and inexpensive things to keep in mind for this wonderful opportunity to build relationships with new people. As the authors say, “Do all you can to keep this Easter from being a ‘one-morning stand.’ ”

 

http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/seven-tips-to-get-ready-for-easter-sunday

 

For more articles and our own Diocesan stories/photos, see Facebook: Parish Vitality Coordinator – Diocese of NS & PEI.

 

Holy Week Blessings,  

Diocesan Parish Vitality Coordinator

The Rev’d. Lisa G. Vaughn

[email protected]

 

SIX-MINUTE STUDY #5

       We are only a few days away from Holy Week and our thoughts turn to special worship. One hymn lyric says, “There is a longing…”   What is worship anyway? How do we invite and encourage people to engage in this corporate endeavour? And precisely why do we worship?   Check out this interesting article from the Lewis Center on Church Leadership: “Worship Game Changers” by Tom Bandy and Lucinda Holmes.

 

http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2016/160316_article2.html

 

SIX-MINUTE STUDY #4

       From time to time I discover an article or website that inspires within me a fresh understanding of church ministry. Here is a link to an article called,“Next Generation Leaders," by Susan Beaumont​.  There are interesting variations between the generations as we approach the 'ministry of all the baptized'. Younger people long to share their gifts and serve, but they have different expectations about what that looks like. 

   

http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2016/160224_article2.html

 

For more articles and our own Diocesan stories/photos, see Facebook: Parish Vitality Coordinator – Diocese of NS & PEI.

 

Lenten Blessings,  

Diocesan Parish Vitality Coordinator

The Rev’d. Lisa G. Vaughn

[email protected]

 

SIX-MINUTE STUDY #3

       From time to time I discover an article or website that inspires within me a fresh understanding of church ministry. Here is a link to an article called, “7 Ways To Grow Church Attendance By Increasing Engagement,” by Carey Nieuwhof. I’m not so keen on the title, because our focus should be on being missional, not just getting more people to sit in pews on Sunday. However, the teaching tips do offer some good ideas on how to move folks from being simply spectators to more active participants in the local church. It helps describe discipleship.

http://careynieuwhof.com/2016/02/7-ways-grow-church-attendance-increasing-engagement/

 

For more articles and our own Diocesan stories/photos, see Facebook: Parish Vitality Coordinator – Diocese of NS & PEI.

 

Lenten Blessings,  

Diocesan Parish Vitality Coordinator

The Rev’d. Lisa G. Vaughn

[email protected]

 


SIX-MINUTE STUDY #2

       From time to time I discover an article or website that inspires within me a fresh understanding of church ministry. Here is a link to an Anglican Journal article entitled “The Four Kinds of Leaders We Need.” Author John Bowen names them as: the traditional pastor, the palliative care leader, the turnaround leader and the pioneer leader. Lay leaders should be interested in this too, as they seek to find direction for their parish’s ministry and priorities, and especially if they are looking for a new rector.

 

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/the-four-kinds-of-leader-we-need

 

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SIX-MINUTE STUDY #1

       From time to time I discover an article or website that inspires within me a fresh understanding of church ministry. Here is a link to an interview with The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, a bishop from Texas entitled, “Imagining the Church of the Future.”  He talks about giving leaders (lay and clergy) space to be creative, innovative and adaptable.   Bishop Doyle says culturally relevant missional thinking is required and that we can take a lesson from Apple. READ ON:

 

https://www.faithandleadership.com/c-andrew-doyle-imagining-church-future?utm_source=albanweekly&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=faithleadership   

 

For more articles and our own Diocesan stories/photos, see Facebook: Parish Vitality Coordinator – Diocese of NS & PEI.

 

Lenten Blessings,  

Diocesan Parish Vitality Coordinator

The Rev’d. Lisa G. Vaughn

[email protected]


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