The Value of a Coach

I have been thinking quite a bit about coaching lately and that’s probably because, as a movement, we’ve recently deployed 6 Regional Coaches across the country. Our hope is that these coaches will help pastors, boards and leaders in each local church build and maintain robust health, as each church accepts responsibility for its community.  […]

How Engaged Are We With Scripture?

So a couple of weeks ago, Bishop Cliff shared an interview he conducted with Lawson Murray of Scripture Union Canada.  The point of the interview was to encourage us towards greater Scripture engagement.  If you missed those Cliff’s Notes, the links are here: https://www.fmcic.ca/cliffsnotes-october-3-2017/ https://www.fmcic.ca/cliffsnotes-october-10-2017/ By the way, if you want to receive Cliff’s Notes […]

Ordinary Time

Recently I was looking around for some apps that would help me in my devotional life.  I scrolled through various Bible and prayer apps and podcasts – mostly seeing what was out there but also looking for some different things to try.  I came across a prayer app that was put together by British Jesuits. […]

What Are You Planning?

I have a lot of conversations with churches who are planning.  Some are planning specific events while others are putting together a 2-year ministry plan or a 5-year long range plan.  All of that is exciting.  But I find that there are some good questions that would serve all of these planning teams well.  Let […]

The Stuff That Doesn’t Get Mentioned

When you do a good amount of Church Health or Church Revitalization reading, you will start to see some common themes emerge.  I can almost guarantee you that you will read about prayer, discipleship, outward orientation, mission and vision.  Those topics come up over and over again.  And they need to.  They are all important. […]

Slow Down and Listen

As Director of Church Health, part of role is to walk churches through tools like the LifePlan or orient search teams to the transition process or show up to unpack the Church Health survey with boards and leaders.  And as I do this I need to stop and remember that above all what we are […]

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