A key part of our faithful future is engaging in the community around us. God is calling us to get outside the building! Watch the below video from FCC Galesburg who has participated in Thrive and is reaching out and impacting their community.
Thrive! for congregational transformation – May 4
How Has Your Congregation Changed?
Many historic Protestant churches lost their way when the ground beneath their feet began to shift in the last part of the 20th century. Back then, congregations became confused about why so many Americans had become indifferent toward church-going. They became anxious about their shrinking numbers and aging membership. How would they survive? They could not see the way forward. The struggle continues today and for many has become even more urgent.
Some church leaders say they need to work harder on evangelism. They need to get more young families to join their church. Others say we need to get more people to help pay the bills. And the decline continues.
But now, a few ordinary congregations are finding their way into the future by cultivating the spiritual habits which transform them so that they, in turn, can transform the world.
Dr Ruth A. Fletcher, in her book, Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations, shares her pastoral experience, judicatory work, consulting ministry, and personal research in which she has discerned some spiritual practices that characterize congregations that are thriving. An excellent read whether you are a pastor, church leader or concerned member of a fellowship struggling to see what God has in store for your congregation. Fletcher tells powerful stories and gives practical guidance relevant to churches will seek solutions.
Are you a leader or member of a church who is concerned with the shrinking numbers of your congregation? Are you interested in solutions to help your congregation prosper through a shift? If you have answered “yes”, then the May 4 Thrive workshop in Bloomington is for you. We are working to revitalize the life of our congregations by reaching out into our communities where God is already at work. Come learn how to cultivate the spiritual habits that will transform your congregation and help you connect with your neighbors. A new chapter in your congregation’s life starts on May 4.
The name of this Thrive workshop is: Becoming a People of Creative Action –
Are you a leader or member of a church who is concerned with the shrinking numbers of your congregation? Are you interested in solutions to help your congregation prosper through a shift? If you have answered “yes”, then the Thrive workshop is for you. We are working to revitalize the life of our congregations by reaching out into our communities where God is already at work. Come hear stories of congregations like yours that have become faithful and effective in their communities. Gain the spiritual foundation for this journey that will transform your congregation and the world we live in.
Our leader, Ruth Fletcher, shares her pastoral experience, judicatory work, consulting ministry, and personal research in which she has discerned some spiritual practices that characterize congregations that are thriving.
Join us Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at First Christian Church in Bloomington to get a glimpse of what transformation can look like for your congregation and your community. Learn the practical lessons you’ll need for the journey ahead.
New Day – It’s about spiritual transformation!
Join us for New Day events – to draw closer to God in Christian community –
Exploringspiritual transformation, an opportunity to go deeper with God and one another. Retreats and other gatherings will help you and your congregation grow spiritually.
New Day – in summary –
- A deeper connection with God and one another – sharing a journey of faith, meeting companions on the way.
- Learning about spiritual practices and doing them. – centering prayer, journaling, pilgrimage, silence and solitude, music, body movement/prayer, icons, imagining scripture, etc.
- Talking about identity, context and calling – our answers to these questions put us on a faithful path with God.
- Geography of Grace – a way of spiritual discernment in the context of caring partners on the journey.
- Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations
- Personality and Spirituality – different ways to pray and to experience God. What’s your style?
- Deep, significant conversations – with spiritual companions.
New Day is a new approach to spiritual transformation. Driven by deeper spirituality, enriching partnership, and ongoing support, leaders, and churches find their path to a faithful future. This is not a cookie cutter program. Each congregation has its own unique experience of transformation. There will be retreats for church leaders to get the process started and follow-up events to hear about progress and offer more resources. Congregations with similar interests and similar callings can work together. The Regional church is making a huge commitment to help with congregational transformation and individual spiritual transformation. New Day is open to all leaders who are serious about spiritual transformation. Individual leaders can participate without the full commitment of their congregation.
Join us for life-changing experiences!
For more information contact Scott Woolridge – [email protected]
Watch this New Day video on YouTube – you’ll get a sense of what you can experience!