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Making Memory

What happens after you grab people’s attention? Last month on this blog, I wrote a post about the challenges of discipling through the distractions and how today especially, God is using our eyes to awaken our ears. But what if we take it one step further? Do...

To Preach or Not to Preach?

Do you preach on a regular basis? We know how it is. You spend hours in preparation and then get up there EVERY week to live out a form of communication that is described in the Bible and revered as a cornerstone in Christian discipleship since Jesus’ time....

Discipling through the Distractions

“Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”  Isaiah 50:4   Distraction. In one way or another, its the number one thing that ministry leaders express concern about in the people in their churches. In fact, it is perhaps...

Eyes on the Prize

Have you ever wondered why icons have remained such significant spiritual touch points for disciples of Jesus throughout Christian History? What do you think happens inside of us as we keep a visual expression of some person from the Biblical narrative or the...

Research is for Everyone

“Leadership in the past meant coming up with solutions. Today it is learning how to ask questions that we have been too scared, too busy, or too proud to ask.”  Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains That sentence powerfully describes why Vibrant Faith has...

Lessons in Learning to Live and Lead Well

I often ask church leaders “What does living and leading well look like to you?”  Here a a few of the many responses I recently received. To lead purposely, passionately and with a sense of playfulness. To live life as an adventure as I help people love God and...

Visual Faith Research Dive

Ever feel like the many many activities of your ministry just aren’t having much impact on the spiritual lives of the people you are serving?  We’re very excited about what we are learning in our Visual Faith project about Scripture and spiritual transformation....

Visual Faith: A Video Introduction

We are wired for imagery. Exploring Scripture through the use of images creates a connection in our biology and our souls that allows us to experience God’s Word in new and transformative ways. Watch this video for an introduction to the project from our executive...

The Power of Visual Faith

Here’s the problem: Our people aren’t reading the Bible. Our people are confused by the Bible. It is simply very difficult to live a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ when we can’t engage the primary source of the story and ongoing power of our Christian...

Dones?

Do you have any friends or family like this? They believe in God and Jesus. They talk about faith and prayer, but just aren’t going to church any more. They used to go, but they just don’t now, and they aren’t sending their children to church...

A Network Approach

In recent weeks I have shared some BIG ideas that all of us — students & instructors alike — are learning through Vibrant Faith University. These ideas center around: moving from education to formation to transformation integration of head, heart, and hands moving...

Re-frame the Question

If you are content with, or haven’t noticed, the dwindling numbers of (and amount of time) people are spending on the church campus for worship and faith formation, then the church hall remains your ‘go to’ location for activity. But if this trend troubles you, even a...

Faith Learning in the 21st Century

If you are content with your published curriculum of learning — for children, youth, or adults — then the traditional linear model of delivery remains your choice. But if you are beginning to recognize how the learner of the 21st century — children, youth, and adults...

It’s All About the Adults

If you picture all adults in your congregation as well, just adults, then the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to adult programming will be as good as any. But if you recognize that the journey of adulthood covers at least sixty years and no less than four...

Toward a Faith-forming Culture

How do we create an authentic culture of faith formation? If you want to focus strictly on Christian education, then the traditional gathered program approach is as good as any. But if you want to move beyond education to formation that leads to transformation then...

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