Everywhere You Look: The Church After COVID

Even before the pandemic, the practical imagination of what the church is and what it exists for felt like it was already up for grabs. The COVID pandemic has accelerated this confusion while also creating new opportunities for innovation and adaptation. Join us to explore the future of the church and how it will likely become more local, relational, and globally networked. IN THIS WEBINAR …

Church Without Walls Part 2

Covid19 has been tough on church worship services, but it has also exposed something beautiful—the Church can gather without walls. When you pare down the Church to its essentials, something potent is discovered at its core. Could it be time to re-explore the DNA of the church when it’s decentralized, when it takes on the form of a grassroots local …

Recovering Purpose in the Pandemic

“Maintaining motivation is becoming an increasing challenge for many people slogging through life curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic,” observes Jane Brody in the New York Times. Are you among the growing number of people who are just attempting to make it through each tough, new day? Are you among those struggling with difficult personal, family or financial pressures? Would you like …

Learning from Tomatoes as We Reopen Our Churches

One of the interesting responses to the current pandemic has been a turning back to gardening. Plant nurseries and online seed catalogue companies have been inundated with orders for seeds, planting boxes and fertilizers. First time gardeners are crying out for help as they dig their inexperienced hands in the dirt. What concerns me, however, is that many of these …

Church Without Walls

Covid19 has been tough on church worship services, but it has also exposed something beautiful—the Church can gather without walls. When you pare down the Church to its essentials, something potent is discovered at its core. Could it be time to re-explore the DNA of the church when it’s decentralized, when it takes on the form of a grassroots local …

Discipleship During Lockdown

The Church has never had so much access to great online content about God, but what makes people part of your congregation is their connection with each other and with you — the way you live life with God together as people: discipleship. Here are a couple ways you can serve your church right now to help them grow as …

You Are a Soul

I started becoming interested in soul care and contemplative spirituality when I was in college. At the time, I was a youth pastor at a rural church, an undergrad student, a roommate, and living in a low income neighborhood. Life was busy, loud, full of deadlines and commitments, and I was 22 years old. Around that time, I stumbled upon …

Pandemic Partners Having an Impact

Rev Morgan Schmidt, a Presbyterian pastor in Bend, OR, has created an innovative online group called Pandemic Partners so that people in her community can help one another in these tough times. Morgan essentially found a creative way to crowdsource kindness online. “By posting how-to-guides on its Facebook page, Pandemic Partners, located in the Presbytery of the Cascades, has taken …

Re-Connecting with Your Neighborhood After a Pandemic

There is a haunting scene at the end of the apocalyptic disaster film Deep Impact (1998). After the water recedes from mega-tsunamis caused by a comet crashing into earth, civilians wander back into the streets with trepidation, grogginess, uncertainty and yet some hopefulness for rebuilding the world. I resonate with this image. How do we reengage our world after being …