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Why I’m Investing Myself In Coaching School

One night in late December, the plans I’d cooked up for 2023 evaporated before the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve. With the decks cleared of clutter, one exciting option remained—Vibrant Faith’s 12-week Ministry Leadership Coaching School. The school is led by Vibrant Faith’s Director of Coaching Services, Jim LaDoux, and Dr. Felix Villanueva, a Master …

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Dealing with Difficult People

If you’ve ever been on a whitewater rafting adventure, you’ll remember that rafting guides know how to address unhelpful behavior right away—if they don’t, difficult people can ruin the experience for everyone, or even put their safety at risk. Likewise, when ministry leaders fail to address counterproductive behavior on their ministry teams, they jeopardize the …

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What We’re Learning: Reflections on Thriving

As we continue our work with the 28 Churches in our Thriving Congregations Project, we’re leading cohort meetings with them to reflect on their first set of “ministry experiments.” We’re exploring how these experiments furthered their growth in 10 broad areas of congregational life.  Note how different the measures listed below contrast with the “success …

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When Less Is More- Creating Space in Ministry

When we think about the fall, and the return to the church “program year,” ministry “gravity” pulls us to plan more—more programs, events, small groups, and activities for youth and families. More and more and more. Most church leaders I know, and most families, don’t have much room for “more” in an already busy schedule. …

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