Entries by Living Faith Ministry

Week Five|Tuesday

Go here to take the Vision Matrix. This is an exercise in describing the culture of our church. When taking the assessment, don’t over think it. Simply pick the word in each row that best fits our categorization the best. Keep a tally for each row and at the end count up whether you have […]

Week Five|Monday

Read Luke 6:12-13. Follow the process of Sacred Scripture Reading as described before. (Instructions are here.) The context of the text is Jesus drawing away to be formed by God to do something significant. Write down your immediate reactions to the text, as well as how this text relates to the current chapter of your […]

Week Four|Friday

Dream of Your Ideal Church Start: Support and Resources As we continue our exercise of imagining starting a new church. You have laid out why, where, who, and how. But now we have do deal with logistics. What support and resources will you need. Review your plan so far and think about the following question: […]

Week Four|Thursday

Dream of Your Ideal Church Start: How We have been working on an on-going exercise where you imagined starting a new church. You should have already written down ideas about why, where, and who. Review and revise your thoughts on these topics. Today we brainstorm the how. How will your new church reach the community. […]

Week Four|Wednesday

Asset Mapping You have permission to have fun, be creative, and think outside box. If you were asked to teach a class on any topic, what would you teach? Consider your passions, strengths, and interests. For example, if you enjoy hiking and are pretty knowledgeable about it, why not teach a class on hiking? Write […]

Week Four|Tuesday

Square Peg in a Round Hole In the 1995 film Apollo 13 we join the astronauts and mission control crew as they work through unexpected and life threatening complications with limited resources, but unlimited imagination. Watch the following clip depicting a problem with the oxygen filter on the space craft: How anxious did the participants […]

Week Four|Monday

Read Mark 2:13-17. Follow the process of Sacred Scripture Reading as described before. (Instructions are here.) The context of the text is Jesus being present in the lives of those he loved. Write down your immediate reactions to the text as well as how this text relates to the current chapter of your faith journey.

Week Three|Friday

Dream of Your Ideal Church Start: Who Last Friday and this past Tuesday we worked on an on-going exercise where you imagined starting a new church. So far we talked about why and where. Review your thoughts on these two and revise your notes as you feel your vision evolving. Today we will imagine who. […]

Week Three|Thursday

Reading Our Community Context is everything when it comes to being an engaged church. The church needs to discern with God the particular needs in the community. To fail to thoroughly contextualize your church will lead to immense frustration and potentially failure of the church itself. According to Cameron Harder, author of Discovering the Other: […]

Week Three|Wednesday

Windshield Prayer Sometime in the next day or so, go to Living Faith (map) by a different route than you normally travel. As you drive, pray for the residents and businesses you see. Pause for prayer in the parking lot. Then drive to the blue building (map) that Living Faith used to meet at and […]