When was the last time your board agenda moved you to a wide-open consideration of the future of church and the implications for your mission and Ends? Three recent blog posts might help you open up this time and space for your board:
From a July 14 post by Tom Schade at TheLivelyTradition:
I'm Back with One Big Thought on Ministry in the 21st Century: "The big problem for 'Ministry in the 21st Century' will be anticipating the social, political, economic and cultural conditions of the times to come, and discerning what liberal religious leaders are called to be and do in those conditions."
From a July 15 post by Carey Nieuwhof (lead pastor of Connexus Community Church):
5 Things Netflix Is Showing Church Leaders About the Future: "As much as people want individualized access to content, they also want to be part of something bigger than themselves. Mission-driven, mission-focused and relationally rich churches will. . .draw in people longing for something bigger and more significant than themselves."
From a post by Rich Birch at UnSeminary:
8 Charts That Explain How Our Culture is Changing. (& 24 questions about the impact on your church): "One of our roles as church leaders is to have our pulse on the shifting cultural around us so we can serve our community better. We need understand the times so we can have clarity on what actions we should be taking as a church. Below are some "signs of the times" and some quick thoughts on what impact I believe these will have on us in the coming years."
When you're focused on fruitful governance, you're using resources like these to inform your understanding of the future, ensuring that your articulation of the difference your church is here in the world to make remains relevant and meaningful. Contact us if we can help you develop a systematic approach to fulfilling this essential board function.
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