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September 28, 2015 Edition
5 Secrets of Church Revitalization
by Ron Edmondson
I’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a couple of churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the number of pastors who enter revitalization thinking the church just needs new leadership. Or better sermons. Or them.
I’ve learned there is so much more.
Here are five secrets of church revitalization:
Alcoholics Anonymous offers clergy a concise brochure to answer questions about the AA Fellowship.
“How can church leaders help someone who shares that he or she is concerned about his/her drinking?”
One way is to attend "open" AA meetings. At open AA meetings, introduce yourself by your first name, saying that you are a visitor interested in learning more. When clergy or lay leaders attend AA meetings in their area regularly, they develop relationships with AA members and get to experience the deep spirituality of the 12 Steps.
These connections are vital for clergy for the times when they are approached by someone who is concerned about his/her drinking. Having attended AA meetings and gotten to know some members pretty well, the pastor can introduce that person to AA members. For example, when the pastor is providing counsel, the pastor could mention that she or he has friends in AA who would like to meet the parishioner. Ask the parishioner if it would be okay to arrange a time for them to meet. Making this introduction is perhaps the best thing a pastor can do.*
*Please keep in mind, though, that when an alcoholic stops drinking s /he should consult a physician in order to avoid what can sometimes be life -threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Interview with Nimo Patel: Learning Spiritual Practice from Children
Jesus recognized the value of approaching spirituality as little children. Nimo Patel speaks about his learning these same lessons from Gandha.
October 4-5, 2015
Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio
Gift yourself with time and space to rest, renew and reconnect with God. Do you long for a sense of stillness amidst the perpetual motion of your daily life? Take the first step and join us for a gentle and meaningful introduction to sacred silence.
This is offered by Belly of the Whale Ministries with Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Spiritual Director.
Meet: monthly 1 ½ hours
Where and when:
Alliance: Christ UMC, 470 E. Broadway – Second Tuesdays, 10-13-15, 1:00 PM
Ashland: Christ UMC, 1140 Claremont Ave. – Second Wednesdays, 10-14-15. 1:00 PM
Medina: Granger UMC, 1235 Granger Rd. – Third Wednesdays, 10-21-15, 1:00 PM
Painsville: Painsville UMC, 71 North Park Pl., Painesville – Third Thursdays, 10-15-15, 1:30 PM
Sandusky: Trinity UMC, 214 E. Jefferson St. – Second Thursdays, 10-8-15, 2:00 PM
If you are interested in being part of one of these groups, it would be helpful if you let us know for planning purposes. For questions and to receive information about a particular group, please call our office 330-456-0486 or email us at email@example.com
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaboration as a Quality of Contemplative Leadership
by Tilden Edwards
At its heart, contemplative leadership is relational, rooted in prayerful attentiveness and open to the overflowing energies of the Loving Presence, moment by moment, enlivening the interdependent creative and healing possibilities of our world.
This prayerful, open attentiveness, or what I call a "mind-in-heartedness," is the key for me. Mind-in-heartedness enables listening and speaking from a stance of radical openness-openness to the larger Spirit that is pregnant with the wisdom we need. That wisdom may not come in the form of a specific answer at a given time; it may come as a capacity for patience, or a need to look deeper and wider at the concern. It also may come in the form of a fresh sense of call, a new way forward, however risky or incomplete the proposal may seem.
Mind-in-heart presence relates to others heart-to-heart and not just conditioned mind and ego to conditioned mind and ego. We need to trust that when we are heart-to-heart the Spirit is collaborating with us together in uncovering a called-for discernment. In that graced collaboration we find a mutual blending of God's Spirit and our individual and collective spirits. That collaboration may well lead to a sympathetic awareness of all those sentient beings who will be affected by our decision, which will help shape our discernment.
The Love of God Is All Around Us
Talk by Sant Rajinder Singh
Whenever we swim or sail in the ocean, the beautiful blue waters of the sea surround us on all sides. Just as while swimming we are surrounded by the ocean, every second of our lives we are also surrounded by the ocean of divine love. The ocean of God’s love surrounds us. It is not only around us, but within. It is to the right of us, the left of us, above us, below us, and in us. If we could only have the eyes to see, we would find we are perpetually swimming in the ocean of God’s love.
Just returning from a break in the Virgin Islands, I brought back this nugget of truth from Gladys of Gladys’ Café (which by the way is some of the best Caribbean cuisine in the region):
“When one is physically tired one goes to sleep. When one is emotionally tired one should wake up and move on.” –Gladys
The Power of Gut Microbes with David Perlmutter
by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Our host Rabbi Rami Shapiro talks to author David Perlmutter about his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain—for Life. Read the Spirituality & Health review of his book in the May/June 2015 issue of Spirituality & Health .
Dr. Perlmutter is the author of seven books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers, now published in 27 countries.
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