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Congregational Development

How can we encourage and equip the development of vibrant, faithful, sustainable congregations today? This section addresses considerations for fostering communities of faith in which God’s presence and purposes, promises and activity become central to listening, conversation, decision-making and action.

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Jay Koyle

Jay Koyle is staking his ministry, even his life, on the conviction that Christians thrive when they allow their lives today to be shaped by God’s promised tomorrow.

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The church as Emmaus presence

April 27th, 2017

Augustine’s proclamation continues to echo a crucial insight into our own time and context: the body of Christ is not only on the table; it is also around the table.

“Lent” as metaphor & model for the church today

February 23rd, 2013

We live in a time when most congregations and denominations find themselves well into their “forty days.” That is to say, we are in that vulnerable place where hunger is sharpest, resources all but spent, vision blurred and identity in doubt. We feel a growing desperation. So there is an important choice before us, one we need to address before and during any attempts at so-called congregational development.

Towards a Strangely Compelling Church

April 16th, 2012

If our congregations are to become more attractive in any meaningful way, it will require more than some sort of ecclesial cosmetic makeover. Rather, what is called for is a renewed way of being church…

Cultivating Hope

February 24th, 2012

God gave birth to the New Creation and inaugurated the fulfillment of all things in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since the first days of the church, Christians allowing this living hope to shape their perspectives, priorities and practices have realized renewed vision and vitality in their life together, even in the most trying of circumstances.

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