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Fuel for Persevering in Ministry

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the persistent widow—a woman who won’t stop bothering an uncaring, disbelieving judge until he grants her justice. Then Jesus tells His disciples that persistence is important—it’s a marker for faith. “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge,” says Jesus. “Even he rendered a just decision in the …

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5 Barriers to a Welcoming Church Environment

Maybe you’ve already put all the right systems in place for your hospitality ministry—training greeters, a well-staffed Welcome Center, and a follow-up system for communications. You’re playing all the right notes, but there’s something missing in the melody. Maybe that missing melody is relational warmth. Without it, guests and “regulars” at your church experience a subtle …

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Transformational Growth- Positioning People for Maximum Impact

Transformational growth in your congregation heats up when every stakeholder is invited to make tangible contributions, every month, to the mission. To make meaningful contributions, people need to know the big picture, the plan for moving forward, and the personal contributions they can make in the next 30-90 days to help fulfill the mission. Most …

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How ‘Calling’ Fuels Church Vitality

In early May the Vibrant Faith team held a final meeting with representatives from the 24 churches who were a part of our Creating a Culture of Calling Grant. We’ve been working together since the Spring of 2017 working to build church vitality and unity through the culture of calling. We wanted one final “listening …

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What We’re Learning: The Power of Presence

By Dr. Nancy GoingDirector of Research & Resource Development In the emerging research spotlighting the impact of pandemic-induced social isolation, the outcomes are sobering. Writing in a Frontiers In Psychology report, authors Giada Pietrabissa and Susan G. Simpson report: “The most common psychological disorders emerging are anxiety and panic, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, insomnia, digestive problems, as well as …

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What We’re Learning: Shifting From Innovation to Reinvention

By Jim MerhautVibrant Faith CoachICF-Certified Coach The practices we follow as Christian people have a profound shaping influence on our life—the ways we gather, pray, worship, care, and serve have the power to form our identity. But over time, as we all know, our habitual practices can devolve into stale routines. That’s why Vibrant Faith’s …

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