Posts Tagged "church"


I am not a big fan of formulas normally. They are too prescriptive and too … formulaic ?  I found a formula recently that I really liked. It connected with me so I decided to share it with Sunday School, Church Council, a pastor’s group and a seminary class. Is this a formula for success? Not everyone thinks so! Focused Intensity – over Time – multiplied by the ‘God’ factor I always pay...

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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 see an earlier (10 minute) video about Church 2.0 (near...

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This church is a spiritual oasis. Part of that is to be a safe place for weary travelers. We live in time when people are exhausted, worn out, and fatigued. Our church wants to be a place of rest and restoration. We also are trying something experimental which is to become a conversational community. It is an innovative approach to church – but it is a little risky. What happens when we don’t all agree?   I have been...

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You may have seen that Vermont Hills UMC’s tagline is ‘a spiritual oasis’.  It has been both fascinating and encouraging to find out how accurate of a description this tagline is. I’ll be honest: we live in a cynical age and if you are not an accepting and welcoming church, people will grow skeptical of taglines and slogans. You have to be open and affirming of people’s journey and their uniqueness or it...

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