CATEGORY: Church Leadership

NEXT Church Denominational Listening Campaign Report

In fall 2015 – winter 2016, NEXT Church embarked on a denominational listening campaign. We invited and trained people who have been leaders within NEXT Church to host a listening session with church leaders around questions of “transformational mission.”

Adaptive Change for Congregations Caught in the Cultural Tsunami

At the 2016 National Gathering, Jim Kitchens and Susan Rothenburg led a workshop called “The Unglued Church: Adaptive Change for Congregations Caught in the Cultural Tsunami.” Below you will find the description for their workshop and the Slideshare presentation of what they shared. Is your church “stuck?” A building too big and a membership too small? […]

Good Design for the Church

At the 2016 National Gathering, Jess Fisher led a workshop called “The Medium Is the Message: Good Design for the Church.” Below, you will find the description of her workshop and a PDF of the presentation she used. Do your ministry’s communication materials match your message? As one theorist said, “the medium is the message.” […]

Holy Ground: Thinking About the Spaces We Worship In

At the 2016 National Gathering, Jess Fisher led a workshop called “Holy Ground: Thinking About the Spaces We Worship In.” Below you will find the description of her workshop and a PDF of the slides she used. The places where we worship affect our bodies, minds, and hearts, yet we often neglect to think through […]

Reaching Them All – Different Learning Styles

Only 30% of the population learns by hearing, yet most sermons and liturgies are geared to reach that minority.

Practicing Vulnerability

At the 2016 National Gathering, Roy Howard and Shelby Etheridge Harasty led a workshop called “Practicing Vulnerability – God and Us.” The description of that workshop and its accompanying slides (in PDF format) follow:

Racial Justice: For White People Who Want to Do Something

Here is a proposal–hardly unique–that we hope will build accountability and momentum for moving past the white fragility where many of us get stuck. It’s simple: reverse the order. Instead of beginning with education and research with the hope of discerning how best to act, begin with the action to generate the energy needed to continue moving.