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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...

6 BIG Ideas . . .

. . . for Faith Formation in the 21st Century 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 you’ll need to...

3 Foundations for First Third of Life Ministry

After doing ministry with those in the first third of life for 30 years, I continue to realize that I have more to learn. The joy of ministry is that God is limitless and will continue to teach us how to live and lead in new ways that lead to new relationships and new...

When Stories are Told…

We all have a story to tell. Over the last few months I’ve been journeying with a half dozen seasoned leaders of youth ministry. We’ve shared our frustrations and disappointments in ministry, where we’ve felt that what we are doing is falling short. It has been good...

Becoming a Collaborative Leader

“Effective leaders understand that they can’t do it alone, and find ways to get things done through others.” Collaborative leaders bring out God’s best in others and in the organizations they serve in pursuit of shared goals. They seek out individuals, teams and...

Forming Leadership in Context

Leadership.  What is it?  How is it formed?  And how is it practiced differently based on our ministry context? Forming leaders is an ongoing, Spirit-driven process. It involves curating information, attitudes, assumptions and actions in ways that lead to...

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