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    « Trembling and Joyfulness | Main | Prayer, Personhood, and Possibility »

    Conversation, and the Healthy Church

    I believe that teams that are willing to have open conversations about the most pressing challenges before the church today will have a lasting impact. In the future, the churches that grow will be the churches whose leaders courageously hold the most honest conversations and then take action.

    - Carey Nieuwhof, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversation That Will Help Your Church Grow

    Most people, in every church I have been a part of, desire that their church be healthy.

    And one aspect of church health is growth.

    Growth can be measured in different ways.

    The missing element in churches that are not healthy beyond vision (health) and intention (commitment) is the means (conversation).

    I read a variety of books. I read academic theology and biblical studies. I also read popular theological works and even church leadership books. I have a tendency to be suspicious of growth techniques and plug and play ministry programs.

    But I am deeply confident in the Holy Spirit, and the possibilities that can emerge when those people who are mature and wise in Christ come together and are open to God's will and direction.

    My congregation is in a season of transition. There are good signs. Everything is not perfect. But the possibilities are many, and the avenue toward becoming a healthier congregation is conversation among the right leaders, with the right degree of urgency, and a full dependence on the grace of God.

    I pray that we would have the courage to speak the truth to one another in love, the wisdom to discern the will of God, and the strength to do the will of God, as it becomes clear to us.

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