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Jane Williams-Hogan Memorial Service

Jane Kintner Williams-Hogan

The above is a link to the PDF version of the memorial service address for Jane Williams-Hogan.  She was a dear friend and pioneer in Swedenborgian studies and a heroic advocate for advancing ‘New Church’ thinking, a theology that she viewed as both systematic and deeply helpful in taking on the world’s ‘big problems.’

The entire service is also available to be viewed  via Vimeo with this link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/112897291

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S.M.A.R.T. Goal Worksheet

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This is an excellent worksheet that we are using to refine goals in our Outreach programs.  Parts of it come from other examples available on the internet, but it has been revised, and will probably continue to be revised as we learn from the process.  Please feel free to use it.  I would love to have any comments and suggestions as you edit it to make it work better for you.

SMART GOALS WORKSHEET

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“Closing the Back Door Extract

Here is a short extract of my paper “Closing the Back Door” Looking at a recent trend of worship attendance decline in the General Church with suggestions of the areas of focus that can help mitigate that decline: closing the back door extract

Closing the Back Door of Your Church

Congregations in the New Church, as with many denominations, are currently experiencing significant decline in worship attendance.  There are specific things a pastor and congregation can do to reverse that trend.  Closing the Back Door is a paper (click on the colored text to download) that I offered to the General Church Clergy in June, 2017 that looks at key factors that cause many of our most talented participants and younger members to drop out and walk away from organized church.

The paper notes that people in today’s world engage in church looking for rich community, meaningful participation, service opportunities, and rich dialogue exploring faith and life.  when a church fails in any of these 4 sectors, the congregation experiences decline.  Churches that currently experience decline can take a serious look at which of these 4 areas it is weak in.  Strengthening any of these areas will strengthen the organization.

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Simple Strategic Planning for Small Congregations

Simple Strategic Planning Here is a slide deck outlining simple steps for how to come up with a strategic plan for a small congregation.   I am using the method I learned while studying not-for-profit organizations at Columbia University’s School of Business.  I wanted to boil the process down to simplest terms to try to keep the process from becoming overbearing when a congregation is really pretty simple.  My personal belief is that this process is an illustration of how to use the strength human beings have in their rational minds to plot out and achieve goals not otherwise possible.  Also, leaning to think backwards from a stated goal makes everything easier.

My note of caution, is that small congregations often really need to consider doing less rather than more.  Trying to do too much waters down a congregations efforts and leads to burnout and feelings of failure.simple strategic planning.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

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Short video on Baptism

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Here is a 5 minute video where I attempt to clarify in simple terms why Baptism is both relevant and important.   I hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to comment with any thoughts!

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Recognizing Ego

I’m excited to share this video of a friend sharing his confrontation with the ego, and how that dramatically improved the quality of his life.  I hope you enjoy!

Glenn Shares about the Ego

 

Peter Rhodes Speaks about the Ego and its Power

This video, though a little raw, is one of my all time favorite videos offering advice for how to grow spiritually. Peter speaks powerfully about what happens when we step away from our insane egos. I hope you enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpdfmTFnR_w

 

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Outreach Staff speak to why Small Groups Work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCgtvrou4N8

 

This video highlights some reflections my staff had at a recent meeting on how small groups have helped them in their spiritual lives.

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Use Google+ to increase your reach at meetings!

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