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Here Comes Generation Z

Recently in talking to a group of teens  from a local Christian High School I asked, “Name a peer for me in school whose relationship with Jesus inspires you to want to grow your own relationship with Christ?” They stared at me. Then finally 10...

Meet Generation Z

“I just don’t get these Millennials!” came the exclamation from a youth worker after having a run in of some kind with a 15 year old. My eyebrows rose as the youth worker was a twenty three year old, a Millennial in fact, who was exasperated....

Training Well Matters: Part 1 ~ Sound Theology

We're starting a new blog series on training. Have you been trained well? I mean, are you really equipped to navigate the waters of the ministry before you? Are you trained well enough so that you can train others? I have a confession. When I started working in the...

8 Questions to Ask if you Want to Lead Well

Adaptive leaders who are seeking to live well have a knack for asking the right questions at the right time to reframe how our ministries unfold. The questions below are ones you may find helpful and you seek to live and lead well. Who are we seeking to reach and how...

Lead Well by Living into Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive leadership necessitates changes in how we approach situations as well as how we think and act. Adaptive leaders THINK differently. They have a scenario mindset. Leaders who create plans that are set in concrete will not be able to change quickly enough to...

From The Mountaintop

When those two disciples were on the road to Emmaus, (Luke 24) they too had just "gotten through" Easter. Like you, they were out of breath.  Your "out of breath" may have been caused by the hectic busyness of leading a community of faith at Easter, but maybe there's...

Holy Week Prayers For You

You are in our prayers.  Every week, but especially this week. The Vibrant Faith Team is praying: That you might wonder what God is working in and through you and the events of this week. That the fear and abandonment of Friday might be especially real for you so that...

Stories of Visual Faith

Did you ever go through a time of great change at your church, and no matter how much you talked or wrote about the change and why it needed to happen, you still couldn't figure out how you were going to REALLY get people on board? Here's a great story from Heidi...

Visual Luke In Their Hand

Tonight, there's a Momma in her kitchen, frantically trying to pull food together for her family before they head off to soccer practice, and her little girl comes in asking her one of those great kid questions about Jesus and why she (the Momma) believes in him. This...

The Lasting Impacts of Summer Camp

The camp high. I hear about it all the time. Even the most ardent camp supporters grudgingly acknowledge its existence. But what is it, and how large are its effects? We have all seen the smiling faces on the last day of summer camp. We have heard the stories of...

The Art of Digitally-Engaged Ministry

Do you remember junior high art classes? They usually wanted everyone to get at least a base of knowledge and skill when it came to creative arts. While it wasn't all that long ago that I was there, things have changed already, of course, and class options like...

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