VIBRANT Church RenewalS

January 10, 2023

Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Larry Doornbos What do you love? What does your congregation love? These are essential questions to dig into because St. Augustine states, “Wherever I am carried, my love is carrying me.” Putting it another way,…
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Taking fresh steps
to a God-given,

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Is Your Church Running at the Speed of Apple?

August 8, 2022
Andrew Root’s book The Congregation in a Secular Age takes us on a journey in time – or, more accurately, who tells time. The Church as Time Keeper In the

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Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys

December 6, 2021
Photo: Is your congregation living in a strange land? My wife is a professor at a public university. In her work, she encounters many different people from many backgrounds.

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How Your Church Can Grow Younger

November 16, 2021
Growing a Younger Congregation Working with congregations in renewal, I often hear a central goal of the congregation is to draw in young families. The idea is to move from

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Who’s at the Table

September 30, 2021
The Last Supper. We scan the faces at the table seeing the 12 disciples and Jesus. But who’s really at the table? Fishermen who are considered the middle class of

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Four Books that Tell a Complex History

September 30, 2021
David Brooks used a phrase on PBS NewsHour that caught my attention. He spoke of the “complexifying of U.S. history.” The idea is simple: U.S. history is more complex than

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Easter More Than Our Resurrection

April 4, 2021
Easter is the wonderful good news of Jesus’ resurrection and the promise of the resurrection to eternal life for all who believe in him. But hidden from view is a

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Sign Me Up To Lose More

April 3, 2021
Congregations long to get back to February 2020, but a recent Gallup poll (U.S. Congregations) shows that 2020 is the end of a significant 20-year decline in church membership. To