SIX-MINUTE STUDY #199
Transition often leads to tension.
Every congregation in the Diocese is working through some type of change, especially related to engaging with the fast-changing culture around us. Others are welcoming a new priest or discerning a redevelopment of some sort.
How can congregational leaders support a Christ-honouring, loving approach to conflict?
Read Lawrence Peer’s article, Keep Calm and Drop the Rope, from Congregational Consulting Group.
SIX-MINUTE STUDY #198
WOW! Only a couple of weeks until LENT begins! Here are some ideas for seasonal worship and other activities. Pancakes to Ashes – An Ash Wednesday Service on Shrove Tuesday This may be helpful for those families who are able to share in pancake supper, but are unable to come to the church two nights in a row for Ash Wednesday worship. https://buildfaith.org/pancakes-to-ashes-an-ash-wednesday-service-on-shrove-tuesday/ READ MORE from “Build Faith”, including ideas for families for Ash Wednesday, devotional activities for home, Lent in a Bag, and more! This is a great resource site sponsored by Virginia Theological Seminary. https://buildfaith.org/lent/
SIX-MINUTE STUDY #197
End of life and funeral topics are of interest to many people these days.
Our faith tradition and our parish leaders also have a good deal of experience and expertise in helping people journey through this difficult life passage.
For example, recently the Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Middle Sackville, held a well-attended funeral planning workshop.
Several others have expressed an interest in hosting similar events. Read this article from Faith and Leadership (Duke University), called, Ministry on death and dying teaches people how to plan for the end of life, by Philip Martin.
SIX-MINUTE STUDY #196
Whether it’s a new start with a new rector, the establishment of a different ministry or reaching out to plant a new missional initiative, beginning well is critical. There are several important best practices to consider. Read this article called, Starting New Things: Two Essential Steps, by Episcopal priest, Jon Davis, to explore these founding principles of new starts.
SIX-MINUTE STUDY #195
Most of our churches host popular, well organized fundraisers.
How can we use these strengths to build relationships and respond missionally?
Read this article from Fresh Expressions US about how a small congregation of about 40 people
turned a flea market into something so much more.
Luke Edwards writes, Church in the Parking Lot: A Fresh Expressions Story.
SIX-MINUTE STUDY #194
A new year a new start.
How can church leaders set some basic goals to flourish in 2020?
Here are some holistically healthy and practical resolutions to consider.
Read Derwin Gray’s article, 5 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS EVERY CHURCH LEADER SHOULD MAKE—AND KEEP from LifeWay’s Facts & Trends webpage.
SIX-MINUTE STUDY #193
Connecting Sunday morning worship with faith at home is a great way to help parishioners grow as disciples. Seasonal opportunities like the feast day of Epiphany are perfect for special activities. These spiritual disciplines can also help connect with younger generations and those who don’t actively participate in church life.
Here’s an idea from Virginia Theological Seminary, Building Faith resources: Intergenerational Epiphany With A “To Go” Bag.