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Church 2.0
April 6, 2018

Why Do Church This Way?

Why Do Church This Way?

Sunday at 9am I want to put a series of ideas in front on you and brainstorm them together. Update: podcast audio here http://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast/why-do-church-this-way/ I am working on a clear way to present ‘Church 2.0’  or ‘ChurchNext’. We will start with some history about different ways the church has looked in different eras. During the middle-ages […]

April 5, 2018

Five Favorite Ideas

From April 8 – May 6 Sunday School is going to become a workshop and think-tank. I am bringing 5 of my favorite ideas to see how they might look at Vermont Hills. The first idea is ‘ChurchNext’. We are going through something in the 21st century that is even bigger than the Protestant Reformation […]

March 3, 2018

Changes To Church

Earlier this month I responded to a survey being done by a grad student about new worship communities and churches in revitalization. Below are some of my responses to the 3 questions – and here is a 10 min video with some pictures spliced for illustration. 1.What innovative practices set your faith community apart? Vermont […]

January 23, 2018

Conversation in Church and Culture

I had an epiphany a couple of weeks ago. Literally every single thing that we do as a church is conversational: Bible Study Sunday School Small Groups Books Groups Committee Meetings Potlucks In fact, this is the case with all churches … and then come the Sunday morning worship service. That seems really odd to […]

November 28, 2017

An Invitation To Converstion

The sanctuary update is almost complete! The carpet is on it’s way and then the space will all set. This past Sunday we had a wonderful conversation about cultivating a heart of thanksgiving. It was a wonderful time to compare notes about ‘being a thanksgiving people’. These conversation are going to inform and direct our […]

November 3, 2017

3 NEW Ways To Connect

  Our transition to be ‘a conversational community‘ is underway. Conversational sermons, Sunday School (the ABCs of Faith), and Bible Study are all available in audio form on both iTunes and Stitcher Here is the iTunes link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vermont-hills-united-methodist-church/id1305583046 Here is the Stitcher link https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/vermont-hills-umc?refid=stpr   We also have created a MeetUp called ‘Portland Progressive Christian’ https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Religion-Meetup/events/244744444/   […]

September 13, 2017

Church 2.0

This Sunday, September 17, our topic will be “Church 2.0 – an interactive church”. Pastor Bo will be unveiling his vision for the future church.  As we transition to be a ‘conversational community’, the concept of an interactive church will be a helpful framework for understanding the direction and motivation behind our innovations. If you would like […]