Posts Tagged "church as conversation"


I had the opportunity to be on the UMC podcast Get Your Spirit In Shape. My interview is Ep. 43 called Disagreeing Well. It’s no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree...

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I had the opportunity earlier this week to be with leaders who are doing innovative things in their communities and ministry settings. I got to talk about ‘why we do church this way’. I love to think through how to do and be church in the 21st century. I like to call it ‘a liturgy of listening and learning’. Interactive church brings together the best of constructive approaches, emergent thought, church 2.0,...

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We are becoming a conversation community at Vermont Hills. Interactive church is both challenging and rewarding. Facilitating conversational community is not difficult and bears great fruit. [youtube id=”WvKxF5jvBhs”] Here is a short video about the 4 kinds of questions that seem to work well. 4 Kinds of Questions: 1) Ice-Breaker 2) Feedback 3) What Did You Hear? 4) Bull In The...

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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 me. Don’t get me wrong – I am happy that we now are 100% conversational. It makes so much sense to have...

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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 congregation in the future. Conversation is a different way of doing (and being the) church. We...

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This past Sunday we introduced an element of conversation to our gatherings. There are several things I love about this addition: While I appreciate so many things about liturgical (classic) worship, I worry that it has become a one-directional stage performance that encourages people to be passive spectators. When everything is pre-planned (and even scripted) it may lose its element of sincerity and deep engagement. Now, admittedly,...

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Our theme this week: Is all change good?  If you want to think about some questions ahead of time: What is the biggest change that you have seen in society during your lifetime? What has changed the most for you in the past 20 years? What is one change that would you undo if you could? We hope that you will come and join us this Sunday at 10:30 am as we practice being a conversational community. ...

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