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church facilities | Ministry | Relaunch Church

Pastors: Why You Need Your KidMin Leaders’ Input Before You Relaunch Church

By: Missy Purcell
August 04, 2020

If you’re a pastor, you’re likely faced with an onslaught of questions as you consider how and when to reopen your church during this pandemic. How many people can gather? Will we require masks? Do we have enough volunteers? How many people will come back?   For every question you’re wrestling about your church as a whole, all of these same questions will have to be answered within your children’s ministry. In this guest post, Missy Purcell, Orange Kids Specialist, shares her reasons why every pastor should include a seat at the leadership table for children's ministry leaders.

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church facilities | Ministry | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch

Creating Space for Connection in the COVID-19 Era

By: Derek DeGroot
July 29, 2020

Churches are working hard to determine when and how to reopen their facilities in the midst of ever-changing COVID-19 parameters. As you relaunch your church for this next season of ministry, I want to offer some basic principles about design and space. There are two basic roles of your ministry space:

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.

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church facilities | Ministry | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch

How to Use Your Church Parking Lot for 7-Day-a-Week Ministry

By: Mary Bellus
July 21, 2020

Typically, when we think of church parking lots, we consider issues of traffic flow, volunteer attendance, maintenance, and how many parking spaces we need to support our weekly guests. But during this COVID-19 season, we’re seeing a shift in thinking about parking lots. They're no longer merely a means to access the building. These expansive, open-air spaces have become an extension of the building and a crucial part of relaunching ministries in this COVID-19 era.  In the following post, we share innovative ideas from our design team for how to maximize your church parking lot for weekly ministry during the pandemic and beyond.  

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church facilities | Ministry | Relaunch Church

Questions to Ask Before You Relaunch 4 Key Ministries in Your Church

By: Marian V. Liautaud
July 16, 2020

Most churches have learned how to use digital tools to continue to share the gospel and help people find an anchor in this storm. Week by week, churches have become more adept at producing online worship services and conducting small groups and children’s ministry via social media and video platforms. Now, the urgency of trying to figure out how to shepherd congregations virtually is giving way to a new question—what shape will ministry programs take in light of all we’re learning during this pandemic?  

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Ministry | Easter | Relaunch Church

‘Easter’s Not Canceled’: How Churches Will Celebrate in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis

By: Josh Gregoire
April 08, 2020

Churches across the country are gearing up for Easter Sunday, the church’s most-attended day after Christmas. This year, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, many church leaders are scrambling to celebrate in new ways. According to data from Barna Group’s Church Pulse Weekly poll reported in the Church Pulse Weekly Podcast with David Kinnaman and Carey Nieuhof on April 6, 2020, 57% of churches say they’ll livestream Easter services, 25% say they’ll pre-record and then broadcast services, and 9% say they’ll host an outdoor service with social distancing. Though leaders may feel ill-prepared to celebrate Easter in new ways, people may be riper than ever to hear the message of hope. In a Wall Street Journal article titled, “A Coronavirus Great Awakening?” author Robert Nicholson, writes, “Could a plague of biblical proportions be America’s best hope for religious revival? As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, there is reason to think so.” More so than ever in our lifetimes, the Church may have an unprecedented opportunity to reach people with the gospel message of salvation and hope. In this article, we’ll explore who typically attends church on Easter, and how we can prepare for them in the context of a digital experience.

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Multisite | Ministry | Community Impact

Strategies for Community Impact: How 3 Pastors and Their Churches Are Making a Difference

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 23, 2020

What will it take for the church to regain its place in the center of our culture? I posed this question in a panel discussion with three visionary leaders: Tom Elenbaas, Harbor Churches; Mark Jobe, New Life Community Church; and Dave Ferguson, Community Christian Church. (You can see the full conversation here.)  

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Leadership | Church Culture | Ministry

How to Lead Leaders: 13 Core Principles for Managing Players (and Pastors)

By: Brian Dodd
March 27, 2019

Healthy churches are led by leaders who are intentional about coaching up and leading others on their team. But how do pastors do this well? In Tom Verducci’s classic book, The Cubs Way, he chronicles the team’s owner Tom Ricketts’s acquisition of Theo Epstein to head all baseball operations, the subsequent construction of the team, and manager Joe Maddon’s leadership style, which he calls his “13 Core Principles Of Managing.”

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Leadership | Ministry

Celebrating 5 Types of Givers in Your Church: How to Inspire Transformational Generosity, Part 2

By: Marian V. Liautaud
March 06, 2019

When Julie Bullock, Senior Generosity Strategy for Generis, guides leaders on how to inspire true, transformational giving in their church, she uses a “ham or eggs” model to illustrate the difference between transactional and transformational giving. Bullock discusses the high cost of output-focused giving. You can read about this in Part 1 of this two-part blog series on inspiring total generosity in your church. Instead of focusing solely on outputs (amounts and/or percentages of giving) when it comes to giving in your church, leaders should focus their people on the heart condition and place of all givers who are exploring and growing in their own discipleship journey. In this post, Bullock identifies five types of givers and how to celebrate generosity as part of their overall discipleship journey.

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Leadership | Ministry

Ham or Eggs?: How to Inspire Transformational Generosity, Part 1

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 27, 2019

Julie Bullock, Senior Generosity Strategist for Generis, likes to talk about giving in terms of ham and eggs.  “It’s the notion that when the pig produces the ham, there is a total transformation that happens,” she explains. “The pig is never the same. You can't get the pig back to its original form. For the pig, it was a total commitment.

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Church Culture | Ministry

How to Make Your Church Relevant Within Your Local Community

By: Evan McBroom
February 05, 2019

What is context in your community? What surrounds your church? Are you in the inner city? Are you in an affluent suburb? Do you have major employers that have moved to town or have moved from town? Is there a big plant closing? What are your demographics? Are you in Jerusalem or Judea or Samaria, or are you the end of the earth? Your context is what surrounds you. It is your culture.

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