Design Your #ReimagineCHURCH Journey

Designing a #ReimagineCHURCH Journey


Every congregation/ministry/group must "be transformed by the renewing of their (corporate mind-set) ...

So that they begin to pray with and make-disciples who live according to the good, totally-fulfilling, perfectly-suited will of God."

Romans 12:2





Components applicable to congregations/ministries experiencing:

  • Plateaued or declining attendance
  • Apathetic leadership
  • Mission drift (confusion, disinterest)
  • Changing neighborhood demographics
  • An interim season between full-time pastors
  • Beginning as a new church plant
  • The need for revising as a step toward reviving


The components of a congregational/corporate reimagine-journey:

  • A Strategy of Prayer:
    • For our church to seek the discernment and direction of the Holy Spirit
    • For our leaders to collectively yield to the mind of Christ
    • For our membership/participants to receive a daily filling of the Spirit
    • For our people to respond to neighbors  with the heart of Father God
  • A SWOT Assessment
    • Strengths: Our calling in Christ; Spiritual Gifting, Resources-Facility-Location
    • Weaknesses: Blindspots, Fears, Resources-Facility-Location
    • Opportunities: Neighborhood diversification, Community needs-issues
    • Threats: Our decline-apathy-enemies
  • All-The-Church Gatherings
    • A Conversation with Our Leader (an evening of prayer - Worship)
    • A Conversation with Our Leadership (questions, comments, prayer)
    • A Conversation with One Another ("Who are you?" - Fellowship)
    • ...consider beginning with a meal
  • Special Sunday Service Focus (a week-by-week, monthly rhythm)
    • The Word - devoted to teaching a story or text from Scripture
    • The Table - devoted to celebrating our salvation from Jesus
    • The Truth - devoted to applying a promise from Scripture to our life
    • Body Life  - devoted to worship: psalms, hymns, scriptures, sharing
  • Sermon Series
    • #ReimaginePRAYER... from the prayers to the Ephesian church 
    • #ReimagineDISCIPLESHIP...from the teachings of Jesus
    • #ReimagineCHURCH... from the "one another" commands in scripture


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    Jim Rohn, (1930– 2009)

    with thanks to RIck Skiba

  • #Rethink How To Think


    CHURCH. Think. Different!

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    Excerpted with permission from the 3rd Chapter of “Uncommon Greatness: Five Fundamentals to Transform Your Lead... by Mark Miller

    Note from Bob:  My friend, Mark Miller, has done it again!  Mark has written another “Must Read” book for every leader who is committed to continuously to increase their Leadership Effectiveness!  And if I might be so bold, if a leader is not committed to increasing their Leadership Effectiveness they shouldn’t be leading!  As you will see below, today’s post will be the first of 3 Parts!  

    If vision is the fire motivating a leader and an organization to move into an unknown future with confidence, the wood for the fire is found in this third Fundamental: Reinvent Continuously. For the best leaders, Reinvent Continuously is a practice, a mindset, and a personal discipline.

    Following are three strategies for you to consider to help you increase your proficiency on this fun and high-impact Fundamental: 

    1. Think Different – Posted Below: 
    2. Cultivate Creativity  – Will be Posted on March 14th
    3. Lead Change – Will be Posted on March 18th


    What’s your favorite ad campaign? You may have to think about that for a minute. For me, the answer is the Think Different campaign launched by Apple in 1997. Here are a few lines from the iconic television ad:

    Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently . . . While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. 

    How do you think differently, particularly if this is not your natural bent or bias? I have some ideas for your consideration.

    Invest the Time

    Where do ideas come from? For me, this question is impossible to answer. Their source is not the product of a replicable process. The great ideas can come in a eureka moment or as the result of years of inquiry, experimentation, and setbacks. However, there are inputs that can facilitate breakthrough ideas. Of all the elements I am aware of, the most precious and most often overlooked is time. I just admitted that sometimes a great idea is revealed in a moment of inspiration. However, this is both rare and often misinterpreted. In many of the flashes of inspiration, the problem had been simmering for weeks, months, or even years. Here’s the truth about mining for great ideas—it typically takes time.

    One egregious infraction I have seen repeated over and over throughout my career is the failure to invest adequate time when brainstorming.

    In his book What a Great Idea, Chic Thompson cites research that reveals two levels of brainstorming. In Level One, the participants basically capture what is already known or has been tried previously. Depending on who is in the room, this phase typically requires forty-five minutes to complete. Only then can you move into Level Two. This is the domain of the new, novel, and unexpected.

    How many times in your life have you participated in a “failed” brainstorming session that was less than forty-five minutes?

    If you are not willing to invest the time, you’ll never find the gold. If you choose to use a technique like brainstorming with your team, increase the amount of time you are willing to invest; I suggest a minimum of ninety minutes. There’s much more to say about this subject. If you want my Ten Tips for Brilliant Brainstorming, go to

    Consider the Opposite

    Several years ago, I was trying to help a nonprofit organization increase participation in their events. The team was bright, engaged, and eager to improve. At least they were fully engaged until I told them what we were going to do. Here’s a condensed version of the conversation as I set up the day.

    “Today, I know you want to think creatively about how to increase attendance at your events. I agree that would be a wonderful outcome. However, I want to ask a different question: What would you need to do to depress attendance?” They looked at me as if I had lost my mind. Remember, I was a guest facilitator. I’m assuming several members of the team thought to themselves, Who invited this wacko?

    I could sense the tension in the room, but I pushed on. “I know this feels strange—let’s just try this. I think it could be fun.” Slowly and reluctantly, they began to share ideas ranging from the bizarre to the pedestrian.

    “We could physically change the location of the event every week and make folks find us. We could make it impossible to park. What if we were not friendly when people arrived? What if we took down all the wayfinding signage? We could constantly change the published event time—then, totally disregard it. Some weeks we could start late and other weeks we could blow past our stated end time.”

    I was capturing them all on flip chart pages and putting them on the wall. At several points the energy dropped and the ideas slowed to a crawl, but we persisted. We probably did this for two hours. At that point we had maybe 150 ideas.

    I stopped the ideation and said, “Take a look at the list; do you see anything we should talk about?” The room sat in silence—it felt like an eternity while everyone read the list. Finally, one person raised their hand as if they needed my permission to share their observation.

    “Uh . . . we do a lot of those things,” he said sheepishly. I read the room and several were nodding in agreement. “Okay,” I said. “Let’s identify all the things on this list you currently do; we’ll rank them based on their potential impact, and then we can start with the biggest opportunity and begin creating our action plan. You need to eradicate those behaviors and, in theory, your actions should increase participation.”

    There were obviously a number of paths we could have taken to identify ideas to improve event attendance—in this case, by choosing to consider the opposite, the team’s next steps were obvious.

    Ask More Questions

    Questions are one of the most powerful tools at a leader’s disposal. They are free, available in ample supply, can be used in most any situation, and, wielded wisely, can unlock a world of previously unknown options and opportunities. There is so much to say here. I devoted an entire chapter in Smart Leadership, titled “Ask Don’t Tell,” to this topic. (If you want a free copy of that chapter, go to For our purposes here, I want to challenge and encourage you: ask more and better questions.

    When you ask a question, there are several potential benefits: You may learn something. You demonstrate your humility and vulnerability. You can also accelerate your learning when you ask a question that requires a synthesis or summary of a larger body of information.

    One word about better questions. They come in all shapes and sizes. Here’s one tip. Ask more open-ended questions. These are questions that require more than a one-word response. Did you enjoy the show? Closed-ended. The better question would be open-ended: What did you enjoy most about the show?

    You may also want to monitor the number of questions you ask in a typical day. I’m not suggesting you actually count them; that could be weird. However, work to increase your awareness and identify your tendencies. With your newfound awareness, experiment with asking more questions. See what happens.

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    Restructuring your mindset is important because “the strong influence your thoughts have on your emotions is because you believe the thoughts, not because they are necessarily true,” said Dr. Daniel R. Strunk, a professor of psychology at the Ohio State University, via email.


    “If we allow ourselves to believe upsetting things that aren’t fully true, that makes our emotional life more difficult,” he added.


    Practicing the [asking though-provoking] questions can help you become more mindful overall if you keep at it consistently.

    “I’d encourage people trying to learn to re-evaluate their thoughts to experiment with different questions,” Strunk said. “You may find that some (are) particularly effective for you.”


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    10 Decisions That Determine The Fate Of The Church

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    This course will introduce you to the decisions that will lay to ground work to become healthier. Make the correct decisions over and over and your church will be in great position to become healthy. Make the wrong decisions over and over in these key areas and your church will plateau, decline, then die.

    Key decision-making areas include:

    1. How your team views risk
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    a Guide to


    Your Ministry Mindset



    #1 Pray ~ for Spirit-led, Scripture-fed discernment and direction as you

    Ask - Seek - Knock 


    #2 unLearn ~ detach your Cultural Preferences from Biblical Imperatives


    #3 #ReimagineFutureChurch ~ with Life-Changing, Paradigm-Shifting, Ministry-Transforming ideas


    #4 Become a Reimagineer ~ explore and execute Thought-Provoking content 


    #5 Pursue Your Path ~ as you design your journey with these assessment tools


    #6 √Coaching Sessions ~ ponder Thought-Leaders' Unconventional Responses to our Uncommon Questions interviews


    #7 Ongoing ReSEARCH ~


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    For One Week:

    Read 1 selection sequentially each day for a week,




    For One Month:


    Two-three times a week

    select 1 entry from any section that relates to your ministry focus.


    As you research:


    Postpone practical or programatic changes until you have taken sufficient time to yield to the Spirit's work of “changing the way you think." (Romans 12:2)


    Resist conformity.


    Breath new life into traditions or rituals that cannot be set aside


    Do not fear taking counter intuitive steps that prompt you to reconsider presuppositions or reevaluate to:


    Reformat? or Reboot? or Reset?


    Ten Strategies for Handling Transition Well 

    New blog post from Bob Logan

    Changes have big impact on people. How many times have you tried to implement a good and needed change only to be met with serious resistance? You may be trying to change service times, introducing a new small group curriculum, upgrading your children’s ministry procedures, or hiring new leadership. No matter the size of the change, helping people transition well is the key to success.

    Walking people through transitions

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    Handling transitions well is a key competency for ministry leaders. People need to adjust and adapt to any changes that come their way and part of the role of a leader is to shepherd them through that process. 

    As you think through the strategies below, note that they apply to both welcome and unwelcome transitions, those changes you have invited and those that have been thrust upon you. The strategies can also be applied equally well to shepherding those you are leading in your ministry through a corporate transition—or how to approach an individual or family transition in your personal life. I recommend applying them across the board. 

    Ten Strategies for Handling Transition Well

    1. Recognize that transition is a natural part of life.

    It’s part of the lifecycle–how God created us. We aren’t going to be able to avoid transitions. They are necessary and inevitable. The question is not whether we handle transitions, but how we handle them. 

    2. Validate that transition is difficult.

    Most of us naturally dislike change–it’s uncomfortable. All feelings are valid. It’s natural for people to feel happy, sad, anxious, fearful, defensive, etc. Give people permission to feel whatever they feel.

    3. Mourn what needs to be mourned.

    Even if the transition you are facing is a good or welcome one, it still brings with it a sense of loss. There are things people will miss. Be intentional about mourning them. It’s okay to be sad.

    4. Celebrate what needs to be celebrated.

    Always take time to celebrate the past and the accomplishments that have been made– even if it wasn’t perfect or all you hoped it would be. Be intentional about celebrating what you can and honoring what you can.

    5. Accept that every change is a mix of celebration and mourning.

    There is a tension inherent in all change. Even something good like having a baby is a mix. You’re excited about the baby. But you’re mourning your younger days when you were free to go out whenever you wanted with far less responsibility. The challenge is to celebrate and honor the old at the same time as you make way for and get excited about the new. 

    6. Avail yourself of help as you are in transition.

    When you are lost, ask directions. Find people who can serve as resources for you. Find people who can support you. Who has already gone through a similar transition? What can you learn from them? Depending on the transition, consider enlisting a coach, a therapist, a spiritual director, etc. 

    7. Adjust your time in response to the new reality.

    Most transitions will have some impact on how you spend your time. What new responsibilities or tasks will you have? Which will you be letting go? What new relationships will you need to invest in? Which will you be letting go? What new skills might you need to develop? Consider the impacts this transition will likely have on your time and adjust how you spend your days and your weeks accordingly. 

    8. Adjust your finances in response to the new reality.

    Many transitions also bring financial changes along with them. What impact will this transition have on your finances or those of your organization? For instance, having a new baby will certainly bring new expenses, but you might also not have as many expenses in some areas, such as restaurants or travel. If you receive a raise, what is the most strategic use of the new income? If you now have additional expenses, how will you account for those? Think ahead and plan accordingly. 

    9. Create structures to help you in the new reality.

    We all need prompts. What structures can you put into your daily life to make these new changes easier to manage? For example, if you have had a health problem and now need to take a medication twice daily, maybe you decide to take it after breakfast and after dinner as a way to remember. Maybe you have a pill box so you can keep track of your doses. Lists are often helpful for keeping us on track during times of uncertainty. Consider what kinds of guardrails might help you stay on track. 

    10. Embrace the opportunities you find.

    Most transitions lead to unexpected opportunities–a move that brings you some great new neighbors, a new school that offers an extracurricular activity you’ve always wanted to try, the gift of more free time. Consider how to make the most of those unexpected opportunities. 


    Managing Transitions by William Bridges*- One of the best books I’ve read on transition!. Although the points above are not taken directly from that book, much of my thinking on the whole topic of transitions has been shaped by the model Bridges sets forth in his book.

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    Change Management Skill Builder Booklet– Once you know have targeted the areas where you need to grow, this simple booklet is powerful in the hands of a self learner!

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