Church Innovations’ Partners Post

April 29, 2009

Paz y Esperanza does some talking

Filed under: Bremer Partnership,Uncategorized — ptellison @ 1:44 pm

I have just heard that Paz y Esperanza in Willmar, MN,  is busy talking about their emerging learnings from CFF and Congregational Discovery.  They are using a meeting outline that asks them to dwell in Luke 10 and then choose and wrestle with some questions that could impact their congregation and the city in which they live.

I know that St. Barnabas in Plymouth has recently done the same thing, involving their CFF and Listening Leader teams and their church council, envisioning some of their congregation’s plans for the future.

What is happening, Paz?  What are you learning, St Barnabas?

Oh, won’t you share it with us, so that our conversation becomes bigger?

April 27, 2009

Church Innovations Research Department

A news flash from the C.I. research department:  Incredible stories of faith enhanced, lives enriched!

Great headline, eh?

This particular headline is not about stories told to us by congregations — no — not this time.  This headline comes from two projects we’re reading quite outside of church buildings. 

Abilene Christian University is doing a deep listening project among its faculty, administration, students, and board, and the faith in daily life stories are beautiful!  And A Christian Ministry in the National Parks is doing a deep listening project among all of its constituent parts and personnel, and you should read how their ministry touches lives!   What a privilege it is to be able to touch and read these beautiful stories of people experiencing the Triune God all across the United States in so many ways!

April 22, 2009

South African Elections

Filed under: Bremer Partnership,Uncategorized — ptellison @ 8:22 am

Listening to NPR today on my way into work, I heard South Africa’s CoPe party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Dandala, say something that made me think of the Bremer project and how it connects congregations to the community around them. 

He predicted that new young leadership for all parties will rise, and then he mentioned where these leaders will come from. His first source was churches.

He spoke the truth.  As our churches lead in change, our churches will raise leaders who will lead the whole community.  As the congregations in the Bremer project will see, the work they do now to build spiritual discernment habits and to build community invitation habits will result in stronger communities with more abundant gifts.  Churches grow faith – deeper relationships with God and one another.  And because of that, churches grow leaders.

April 16, 2009

Reading Congregations?

Filed under: Bremer Partnership,Uncategorized — ptellison @ 9:21 am

Next week our Church Innovations team will be having reading team meetings for two more congregations in the Bremer project, one church here in the city and one church in St. Cloud. 

What does a reading team do? 

1. Its convener receives a batch of interviews from a congregation and sends copies of that batch to the others on the team. 

2. They each read the collection independently, making all kinds of notes and color codes and tallies and smiley-faces in the margins. 

3. Then they come together one afternoon, pray for the Holy Spirit’s work among them, and talk through the whole batch, and from that talk comes a tying together of separate notions, weaving of themes, and quite a few open questions, which the convener stitches together into a 9-12 page report.

That’s about it. Wouldn’t you like to be on a reading team?  Peace. Pat

April 13, 2009

The Tomb is Empty

What does an empty tomb mean?

What does an empty tomb mean for those of us who are Detectives of Divinity –  in church basements and Sunday School rooms and Bible studies and sanctuaries?  For those of us who have committed to pointing toward the work of God the Creator and Jesus and the Holy Spirit among us in our relationships?

It gives us hope! No matter what we do or fail to do, the promise has already been kept, and for us! That hope might give lesser people a reason to sit back and take it easy. But not Detectives of Divinity.  Because we know that all our blessings are given to us to be shared. 

So we keep seeking the traces of God’s work among us,  and whenwe find a clue we lift it up like the woman who found the lost coin, and we shout, “Lookie here! Here it is!”

What are you finding?  Where is God at work, in your past and especially in your present? How are you being blessed?     Write me!  Peace. Pat

April 6, 2009

Bremer/Church Innovations Project Congregations

Filed under: Bremer Partnership — ptellison @ 9:59 am

It’s spring, and all six participating congregations are trained for their self-study work and their Growing Healthier Conrgegations  spiritual discernment habits!  Some of you have your reports back, and some are in the midst of the process.  We encourage your hard work and celebrate being partners with you.

We have a tool that can help you to interpret what you are learning from your self study.  It involves 1) getting together all of the Listening Leaders and the CFF Team members to sort through the piles of data you have gathered and 2) looking at everything through the eyes of the mission of God.  We cannot wait to share it with you. Connect with me through e-mail, comment back to this blog – let’s start talking about interpreting for the sake of God’s mission in your place!

Peace.

Pat

Bremer/Church Innovations Project Congregations

Filed under: Uncategorized — ptellison @ 9:56 am

It’s spring, and all six participating congregations are trained for their self-study work and their Growing Healthier Conrgegations  spiritual discernment habits!  Some of you have your reports back, and some are in the midst of the process.  We encourage your hard work and celebrate being partners with you.

We have a tool that can help you to interpret what you are learning from your self study.  It involves 1) getting together all of the Listening Leaders and the CFF Team members to sort through the piles of data you have gathered and 2) looking at everything through the eyes of the mission of God.  We cannot wait to share it with you. Connect with me through e-mail, comment back to this blog – let’s start talking about interpreting for the sake of God’s mission in your place!

Peace.

Pat

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