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WHAT IS YOUR CHURCH MISSING?

Many local churches feel that they are missing something.  They don’t look the same and they don’t have the energy or resources they used to. They want easy ways to fix this feeling, but those fixes don't last.

Church Innovations has worked with thousands of local churches all over the world and helped them find what's been missing: paying attention to and focusing their life on God's mission in and for the world. When a church finds their part of that mission in their place, they find calling, purpose, and energy.

Recent Posts

  • Do you feel dilapidated or restored?

    Do you feel dilapidated or restored?

    If your local church were a classic car, what shape would you say it is in? If your visioning and planning have turned your car into a classy roadster, how is it looking these days?  If your visioning and planning have turned it into a minivan, how is it holding up? What was your church […]Read More »
  • Hospitality Infuses Church Vitality

    Hospitality Infuses Church Vitality

    Sometimes church can feel like the same-old same-old. That can be nice and comfortable, especially if you are friends with some of those same-old same-old people and like the predictability of the same-old same-old length and style of worship service. You know what you are going to find when you go there, and you have […]Read More »
  • Interview with ‘Crossing the Bar’ author Jim Johnson

    Interview with ‘Crossing the Bar’ author Jim Johnson

    An interview with Jim Johnson, author of 'Crossing the Bar' recently published in the Billings Gazette begins with a joke that started a few years after Jim bought the Bull 'n Bear Saloon.  "So these two guys walk into a bar and stop in their tracks: One thinks, 'Oh no, my bartender's a preacher!' and the other, 'Oh […]Read More »
  • Measuring Church Vitality

    Measuring Church Vitality

    In our conversations with church leaders, both clergy and lay, the matter of church vitality often enters the conversation.  And the conversation then raises the question, how does one measure the vitality of a church?  Is it measured by the number of different programs the church offers, or by the size of their annual budget, […]Read More »
  • Fix My Church

    Fix My Church

    When things don’t work the way they used to, people feel a sense that something is broken and needs to be fixed. And the quick fix seems better than the big picture adjustment. But a church is a social group amid many other social groups. More than anything else, it’s a set of relationships. And […]Read More »

Recent Testimonials

  • Church of the Servant Steering Team

    Church of the Servant Steering Team

    Video of Steering Team reflecting on the crucial listening that happens in We Are Here Now consulting that changes the congregation's cultureRead More »
  • Lori Wiersma and Tracey Gebbia, Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

    Lori Wiersma and Tracey Gebbia, Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

    Testimonial Interview: Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI – conversation between Lori Wiersma, Minister of Administration, and Tracey Gebbia, long-time congregant and Steering Team Member   Where were you in the life of your congregation that you wanted to do a bit of self-studying? Our senior pastor of 32 years was going to be […]Read More »
  • Lori Wiersma, Minister of Administration, Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

    Lori Wiersma, Minister of Administration, Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

    May, 2016 Here are my big take-aways from Church Innovations’ We Are Here Now  process: Church of the Servant was significantly shaped by the Deep Listening to the Spirit and with each other. This listening occurred at every step of the discovery process. Our ministry staff and teams and small groups are carrying this Deep […]Read More »
  • Brian McLaren

    Brian McLaren

    Brian McLaren likes Church Innovations for 5 reasons. Here's what he says: Since 1990, Church Innovations’ research staff has combined both quantitative data and applied ethnography (deep listening) to help congregations discern what God is doing in their communities. This depth of experience has led to refined processes and tools that support congregations and church bodies […]Read More »
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