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August 14, 2013: The latest edition (August 2013) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available.

April 4, 2013: The latest edition (April 2013) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available. This is a special edition, devoted to previewing the 2013 International Dwelling in the Word Conference to be held in the Twin Cities, Minnesota June 14-16, 2013:

January 24, 2013: The latest edition (January 2013) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

December 20, 2012: Join Pat Keifert at one or more of the three annual retreats in Yellowstone National Park in July 2013. In order to facilitate direct contact between participants and Pat Keifert, we are limiting registration to a small number for each event so register now! Click below for information on each retreat including dates and registration details:

December 10, 2012: Church Innovations announces the 2013 International Dwelling in the Word Festival to be held June 14-16, 2013 in Minndapolis, Minnesota. Please click here for full information about this event, including information about registration.

November 7, 2012: The latest edition (September 2012) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

July 24, 2012: Welcome to the latest edition (June 2012) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation. This is a special edition of the newsletter reporting on the Missional Church Think Tank held in April. Most of the articles below present reflections on the work of the Think Tank, including three articles from participants. Additionally, we have several short videos from the event that will be available shortly. Please check back on August 1, 2012 for additional links to the video files.

April 24, 2012: The latest edition (March 2012) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

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December 22, 2010: The latest edition (December 2010) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

October 1, 2010: Church Innovations' latest publication, Crossing the Bar: Home by Another Way, by frequent contributor to these pages, Jim Johnson, is now available to order. Please click on the link above to place your order now.

September 16, 2010: The latest edition (September 2010) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

August 21, 2010: New article - Missional Culture Endures at Marietta Communigy Chapel. Amy Lewis describes how, even more than two years after completing the process, PMC has created a lasting missional culture at Marietta Community Chapel. Read more...

June 25, 2010: The latest edition (June 2010) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

May 14, 2010: Just thirty days ago, seventy people gathered at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to engage in deep conversation around the question "How does a missional church look?"

Co-hosted by Church Innovations and World Mission Initiative, the conversation ignited people into finding new ways to imagine God's action in the world.

Want to read some of the articles that grew out of our time together? Read on! A special edition (May 2010) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, provides four views of the Think Tank.

For more information, visit our blog at missionalthinktank.org

April 23, 2010: New article - Community Change Prompts New Focus On God’s Mission. With a shifting area demographic, PUMP Church looks to God for new focus and purpose. Read more...

April 17, 2010: We have begun a new blog to continue the conversation of the Missional Church Think Tank between the annual events. Please visit it to read about the event and to follow the conversation.

March 31, 2010: The latest edition (March 2010) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

March 30, 2010:Church Innovations is now on YouTube! The address for our YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/churchinnovations.

March 10, 2010: New article - Partnering With Community (Not the Other Way Around). Through PMC, one Pennsylvania church is experiencing a paradigm shift that is leading them into surprising ministry opportunities. Read more...

March 10, 2010:The next issue of the CI Newsletter, Partners in Innovation, will be coming soon. Watch for more information and updates.

January 2010: Watch our homepage for current activities and updates. Our next issue of the CI Newsletter is scheduled for early March.

December 16, 2009: The latest edition (December 2009) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

October 5, 2009: The latest edition (September 2009) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

September 1, 2009: A Steering Team from Abilene Christian University has sponsored and guided a project of Organizational Discovery this spring and summer. Organization Discovery involves having people interview one another in each of several social locations inside the organization, using 8 questions they design and agree upon in advance, holding interviews, collecting answers, and turning those collected answers over to an outside reading team to read and report back on. All of this work produces a picture of the organization’s culture and purpose.

At ACU, students interviewed students, faculty interviewed faculty, board members interviewed board members, and administration and support staff interviewed administration and support staff. Those 4 interview collections were read by Church Innovations Reading Teams, and a report was sent back to each set of interviewers to be vetted for language and confidentiality. Two consultants from CI, Pat Keifert and Pat Taylor Ellison, took all the data and reports and fashioned an executive summary for ACU, and helped the ACU Steering Team process that report and derive next steps from what they were learning. To stay focused and keep the big picture in mind, the steering Team and consultants met to do this processing for three days in Yellowstone Park, where cell phones and internet are almost non-existent. They dwelled in the Word, dealt with the data, ate, sang, and worshiped together. SMART Plans of Action were built for the coming months.

August 20, 2009: Pat Taylor Ellison is attending the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA this week in Minneapolis. She sits on a Task Force charged with the job of discovering communal discernment methods and practices for the ELCA. Pat and fellow task force member Hank Tkachuk (professor at Concordia College Moorhead) are collecting stories of spiritual discernment from delegates to the assembly and other attendees.

July 29, 2009: This year's retreat in Yellowstone was a success. Look for a full recap in the September newsletter. Click here to view a few photos from the event.

July 17, 2009: The latest edition (June 2009) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

May 14, 2009: The latest edition (March 2009) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

December 23, 2008: The latest edition (December 2008) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

September 25, 2008: The latest edition (September 2008) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

May 2, 2008: The latest edition (May 2008) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

December 17, 2007: The latest edition (December 2007) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

September 26 , 2007: The latest edition (September 2007) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

June 14 , 2007: The latest edition (June 2007) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

March 25, 2007: The latest edition (March 2007) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

January 29 , 2007: Church Innovations' 2006 annual report is available.

December 26, 2006: The latest edition (December 2006) of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is now available:

December 22, 2006: The Church Innovations/Allelon Spring 2007 Conference, Sustaining Missional Leadership, is open for registration. Please click here for more information or click here to register.

December 20, 2006: Patrick Keifert's new book, We Are Here Now, is here...now!

December 14, 2006: The Strauss family returns from their travels.

November 30, 2006: An update on PMC at the Lancaster Mennonite Conference.

November 16, 2006: Our friends the Strauss family from Namibia check in regarding their travels.

November 1, 2006: Church Innovations' Pat Taylor Ellison and Ben Cieslik vist St. Paul's Lutheran in Minnetonka.

October 19, 2006: Church Innovations announces a new managing director of Partnership for Missional Church (PMC), Jannie Swart.

October 16, 2006: Church Innovations' Pat Taylor Ellison and Barbara Miller report on their October visit to Bethesda Lutheran Church in Murcock, Minnesota.

October 11, 2006: The October 2006 edition of our newsletter, Partners In Innovation, is available:

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