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Church Now Cafe 2021

Session 1 Intro: Soul Care for the Land in Between by Chris Voss

As we dive into the land between ... Did you get that verse, Ben? Can you put it up there? Oh, can't read it very well. I'll see if I can bring it up on my computer so I can actually read it. A quote from Terrence Fretheim in his...
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Session 1a: Soul Care for the Land in Between by Jason DeVries

So the question is talking about the land between, and how we do soul care. So my land between has been health related. Seven years ago, I found a bump on the back of my calf. And as I talked to health professionals, they're like, "Oh, it's over the muscle....
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Session 1b: Soul Care for the Land in Between by Andy Bossardet

I thank you so much. Hi, I'm Andy Bossardet, and there's a lot of familiar faces here, but I'm also the man of mystery, it turns out, as I'm not as well-known. So here's a few things about me, as we get rocking and rolling. A few things you should...
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Session 1c: Soul Care for the Land in Between by Elaine May

I'm Elaine May. I'm really excited to be here, so if you see my hands shake, it's because I'm an extrovert and I'm in person with all of you, so this is very exciting. Yeah. March 8, 2020, I preached what became my last sermon at Mayfair Christian Reformed Church....
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Session 1d: Soul Care for the land in between by Chuck DeGroat

Well, it's good to be with you. I think the name of my talk is something like, "The Land Between," or Rene Padilla wrote a book years ago called "Mission Between the Times." This is a season of disorientation, a season of massive disorientation. I was pastoring during the days...
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Session 2a: Telling and Living the Gospel by Scott Vander Ploeg

So, all right, thinking about how to live and tell the gospel post COVID and just thinking a little bit about the overall theme for this conference, I decided to... and I hope it will be okay to talk about geography. And hopefully, you won't take offense if this is...
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Session 2b: Telling and Living the Gospel by Toby Gruppen

That's a perfect set-up for some of the things that have been swimming in my head. One, I think we're talking about the last 16 months as if only in 16 months we've experienced change. I believe the church has been going through a lot of change, even way previous...
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Session 2c: Telling and Living the Gospel by Larry Doornbos

As I've been looking over the past year thinking about the past year and gospel, I keep coming back to story and to my belief that the Bible is the one true story of the whole world, and that it's a public proclamation of that story, a public living of...
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Session 3 Intro: Navigating a New Phygital world by Chris DeVos

Many churches went online during this time and tried to figure out how to connect with their people via online services, Facebook Live, YouTube, all those kinds of things. And one of the things that we discovered during this whole era is that actually to become a church that's phygital,...
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Session 3a: Navigating a New Phygital World by Chestly Lundy

My name is Chesley. I have been in ministry for over a decade. I started out as a pastor in Omaha, Nebraska; a lead pastor of a church revitalization. So I came in. I got voted 26 to one, and I promptly grew our church down to 19 and then...
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Session 3b: Navigating a New Phygital world by Aaron Mamuyac

Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Aaron. I say often I do a bunch of the nerdy stuff in the background at Sunlight Community Church. So that involves communications, websites, all that kind of stuff. It's just all nerdy. Today I want to talk about the phygital world, how we...
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Session 3c: Navigating a New Phygital world by Chris DeVos

Thanks. So I think Chesley's story is one of trying to build relationships through digital ways with youth and then plant a church. Aaron's reminding us of what's out there in the digital world, in the virtual world that's been really exposed much more because of COVID perhaps, because now...
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Session 4a: How Should We Measure Success by John Messer

Oh, thank you so much. The topic of a liminal state or being in between, also we've been told it's a painful disorientation, that we were oriented and now we've entered painful disorientation. It's referred to as so many different ways. It's called the wilderness. It's not the land of...
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Session 4c: How Should We Measure Success by Tom Elenbaas

I'm not going to give you any answers, I'm going to ask you a bunch of questions probably. These are things that I'm kind of struggling with myself as I think about metrics and scorecard, and so I'll just kind of unload a few things, and I'm going to go...
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Session 5 Intro: Nurturing a Holy Imagination by Keith Doornbos

Well, I feel honored to have this conversation and to be able to join Jill and Brian Keepers. In a minute, I'll introduce them. But I wonder whether you've heard the story of Horace Rackham. So Horace was employed by Henry Ford as his attorney for articles of incorporation for...
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Session 5a: Nurturing a Holy Imagination by Jill VerSteeg

So it was a hot humid day in Des Moines, Iowa, back in 2007. In front of me was my oldest son, Sam, a red Lego backpack commanded the space between his shoulders and his knees. To my left was my husband, Shane, who gently pushed our six month old...
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Session 5b: Nurturing a Holy Imagination by Brian Keeper

What a great word about living with longing and loss and to embrace chaos in the midst of change. That takes a lot of courage. So thanks for the good word. Brian, would you be willing and ready to share a good word about holy imagination, man? Yes. Thank you....
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Session 5c: Nurturing a Holy Imagination by Keith Doornbos

I want to end by trying to build a distinction for a minute, between holy imagination and sort of general whiteboard futuring as a whole. So what's the difference between holy imagination and mere daydreaming, right? And I think that there's an important distinction and here's what I think is...
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Session 6a: Important Discoveries by Brian Phipps

So disciple making into the future was what I've been asked to talk about. And as was said, there's a disciple making operating system that's been developed over the last 10 years. Oh, wait, before I get all serious about disciple making, I got to share one thing with you....
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Session 6b: Important Discoveries by Reggie Smith

I think one of the discoveries that I've made over the last 18, 19 months is how much people believe that they have a growth mindset when they really have a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset simply means that people want to stick with what they know, stick with what's...
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Session 6c: Important Discoveries by Keith Reynolds

All right. Well, first of all, it's terribly difficult to bottom line one's thoughts and impressions about a topic as complex as this in a matter of 10 minutes. All the more difficult is it for someone who was shaped in my ... Inspired by the Black church and so...
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Session 6d: Important Discoveries by Randy Weener

I represent church multiplication, which I often think of as the R and D of the church. We're out there seeking out what's coming and reporting back. So think of the Scouts before the wagon train, checking out what's on the horizon coming back and report. So as I look...
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