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Below are the 10 most recent posts from VITAL (a collection of resources, thoughts, ideas and media about Church Vitality).  These articles have been published since February 2014.  Go back and look in the archives for older posts (or search the site for a topic).


 

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Everybody Will be Changed (Especially the Leader) – Part 5

By Kim Shockley Bolsinger wraps up this book by finally bringing Sacagawea into the story.  He teases us with her throughout the book, so I was so glad to understand her part in the success of the Corps of Discovery. Continue reading Everybody Will be Changed (Especially the Leader) – Part 5

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You Haven’t Succeeded Until You’ve Survived the Sabotage – Part 4

By Kim Shockley This is actually the subtitle for Bolsinger’s part four – Relationships and Resistance – of Canoeing the Mountains.  I have been an active lay person in ministry for all of my adult life, and a good part Continue reading You Haven’t Succeeded Until You’ve Survived the Sabotage – Part 4

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Vital Mergers Workshop

A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together Dirk Elliot (Detroit Conference UMC) will describe a successful model of merging congregations that results in healthy, growing, new church starts. March 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM First Continue reading Vital Mergers Workshop

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Leading Off-the-Map – Part 3

By Kim Shockley The price of Canoeing the Mountains, by Tod Bolsinger, is well with it for chapters seven through eleven, where he gives very practical advice about what it really takes to lead off-the-map. I would like to highlight Continue reading Leading Off-the-Map – Part 3

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Building On-the-Map Trust – Part 2

By Kim Shockley Somewhere along my journey I read that we build trust by practicing integrity, competency and caring.  As Tod Bolsinger develops his thoughts in Canoeing the Mountains, he helps us to understand that on-the-map trust, which begins with Continue reading Building On-the-Map Trust – Part 2

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Prepare for the Adventure – Part 1

by Kim Shockley Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, by Tod Bolsinger, is what I am reading right now.  I’ve only finished part one – Understanding Uncharted Territory, but it is worth writing about as I connect what Continue reading Prepare for the Adventure – Part 1

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The Faith of Leap – Communitas

By Kim Shockley Since this is the fourth blog in a series, let me remind you of where we’ve been.  The Faith of Leap by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch has had a significant impact on me this summer. I Continue reading The Faith of Leap – Communitas

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The Faith of Leap – Adventure

By Kim Shockley This is the third in a series.  See part 2. As a refresher, I’m writing about my experience and reflection after reading Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch’s book, The Faith of Leap.  The previous blog was about Continue reading The Faith of Leap – Adventure

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The Faith of Leap – Liminality

By Kim Shockley This is part 2 of a series.  See the Introduction. As I mentioned in the previous blog, I’m reading The Faith of Leap by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch.  Alan has a way of inventing words to Continue reading The Faith of Leap – Liminality

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The Faith of Leap – Introduction

By Kim Shockley This is the beginning of a four-part series that will appear over the next month. Many of you know that I am an active student in the current Academy of Missional Wisdom.  One of the texts is Continue reading The Faith of Leap – Introduction