Archive for Transition

The Graying of our Churches (part 2)

by Tim Woodroof [Interim Ministry Partners (IMP) has the privilege of working intensively with churches across the country—more than seventy-five congregations in the last few years. As a result of our work, IMP is strategically (perhaps uniquely) positioned to observe churches in a wide variety of circumstances and draw out some common themes. This blog […]

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Observations on Churches of Christ – The Graying of our Churches

by Tim Woodroof –   Interim Ministry Partners (IMP) has the privilege of working intensively with churches across the country—more than seventy-five congregations in the last few years. As a result of our work, IMP is strategically (perhaps uniquely) positioned to observe churches in a wide variety of circumstances and draw out some common themes. […]

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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

by Phil Ware     Critical Moments Fragile. Vulnerable. And, threatened! The precious young church in Philippi was fragile, vulnerable and threatened. Two women, Euodia and Syntyche, had been essential in evangelizing and leading many of their new believers to Jesus. Now, however, they were at odds. The stain and strain of their disagreement was permeating […]

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Hearing God’s Call for Your Church (part 1) – The General Call

By Tim Woodroof –  Do you believe God still “calls” people and congregations to accomplish his kingdom business? Like he called Moses and Israel to find the Promised Land? Like Jesus called Peter and the other Apostles to follow him? Like Paul and the Antioch Church was called to reach the Gentiles? The whole idea […]

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A User Friendly Church (part 4) – The Stranger

by Tim Woodroof –  Life was precarious in ancient times. Violence, famine, and plague lurked around every corner. Failed crops and marauding armies threatened ruin for all but the wealthiest few. A careless word, a simple lack of attention, could spell disaster. This was especially true for the “stranger.” A long way from the safety of […]

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What Time Is It At Your Church? (part 3) – Time To Re-Prime?

by Phil Ware – I was recently asked, “Why do so few churches regain their former glory once they realize they are past their prime?” The answer to that question is as simple as it is harsh: nostalgia. Many people seem to believe that the only way for a church to regain its former glory is […]

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What Time is it at Your Church? (part 2) – Bill Knapp’s Keeps Me Up at Night

by Mark Frost  – Author’s Note: As part of our series on the seasons of a church’s life, I’d like to offer the following piece that I wrote in 2007, when I was preaching for the Church of Christ in Trenton, Michigan. It describes the dilemma a church faces when it wakes up to realize […]

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What Time is it at Your Church? (part 1) – Seasons

by Tim Woodroof – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecc 3:1) I’m getting older. Can’t run as fast or long as once was true. I ache in places I never noticed before. I wear tri-focals. My memory isn’t what it used to be. (Where did I […]

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The Search Process (part 2) – The Right Stuff

By Tim Woodroof   –  “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Even the smallest journey begins with a destination. We rarely invest time and energy to travel “spontaneously,” without any thought as to purpose or goal. Rather, with a destination firmly in mind, we get out our map (or […]

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The Search Process (part 1) – You Can’t Get Who You Want Until You Know Who You Are

by Mark Frost  –  Amanda is young, smart, talented, educated, resourceful—and beautiful. A successful career could easily be hers. But Amanda’s deepest aspiration lies in another direction. She would like to meet someone special, get married and have a family. She has caught the eye of two young men, Lance and Clem. Lance tells Amanda, […]

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