Entrées par Lisa Howden

5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches

On his blog, The Exhange, Ed Stetzer recently posted “5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churhes.”  This is a discussion that churches need to be having even though it may be a challenging one – in a good way!   This Health Church Thursday is for you Jared! Click here to read, “5 Reasons Established […]

Why a responsive website

            Hello there friends, Our website has recently undergone a full renovation. We are now using a responsive web design . . . one website “view-able” on many devices. One of the most appealing aspects of responsive web design is that a responsive website can provide a great user-experience across many […]

The Path

Back in March I wrote “Woman at the Well”, the story of how Penny Flaro met Jesus through the ministry of one of our churches.  I want to tell more of these “good news” stories because there is so much encouraging, good, God glorifying stuff happening in our movement that should be told. If you […]

Five Common Characteristics of Churches That Survived a Near Death Experience

 I am hoping Thom Rainer’s book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, is a helpful resource.  Some of the blog posts that came out of the research for that book sure have been good.  This may be the summer of Rainer here at Church Health Thursday. Click here to read Thom Rainer’s blog post, “Five Common […]


If you were in Sudbury, Ontario on Saturday, June 8th you would have seen groups of people throughout the city planting community gardens, cleaning up highways or restoring parks and they were all wearing white t-shirts with the words, “Elevate – Love in Motion” written in black letters across the front.  For the who, what […]

Before and After Pictures of What It Looks Like To Be Spiritually Ripped

This week I am sharing a blog from one of my favorite authors – Margaret Feinberg.  Here is a sample: “You’ve seen the ads. A photo of a pot-bellied, hairy man who looks unhappy is posed next to the same man, newly shaved, tanned with ripped abs and a toned body. Well, now, stories are […]

The Most Common Factor in Declining Churches

This week I am sharing Thom Rainer’s blog post, “The Most Common Factor in Declining Churches“: “Stated simply, the most common factor in declining churches is an inward focus.  The ministries are only for the members. The budgetary funds are used almost exclusively to meet the needs of the members. The times of worship and worship […]

Disciple Making – Mileposts

This video was made to work alongside the Journey to wholeness in Jesus materials. It is a framework for thinking about the process of intentional disciple-making; built from historic Christian practices, Wesleyan methodologies, and contemporary applied approaches.