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#ReimagineMINISTRY... as a Multiuse Innovation Hub 


1. Can you visualize our church as you read the quote?


2. How does it apply to you/our ministry?


3. What are you hearing from the Holy Spirit?






4. Reread/Rethink these bolded statements as if the speaker is a church ministry leader:

  • "Years of disuse" - - think of Christianity's erosion in the heart and mindset of our culture; the lessening influence and impact of the Church
  • "Transformation" - - reread Romans 12:2 but apply it to church ministry
  • "Why did you get involved?" - - is a question every Christian leader needs to reask themself, then discuss with their leadership team
  • "I remember" - - remember y/our calling; our mission and our passion when we were launched into service
  • "I hated that" - - reconnect with your Holy-Spirit-infused holy-discontent (what bothers you about ineffective areas our y/our ministry?)
  • "Revitalize it" - - -how can y/our holy discontent be expressed through re_______ (refocusing, refreshing, reformatting?  >>> )?
  • "Reimagine Michigan Central" - - read this as: "Reimagine the Church" (ie, your ministry, organization, worship, fellowship group, discipleship, leadership)
  • "The place" - - location matters; get to know neighbors and neighborhoods; their concerns and their cultures
  • "Where people come together" - - make "building" not only a place but a process-with-a-purpose. . .
  • "To make" - - and a process to "make disciples of all peoples" 



Bill Ford, CEO of Ford Motor Company Interviewed by TIME Magazine


TIME: Michigan Central Station just reopened after more than 30 years of disuse. Ford led its transformation into what's meant to become a multiuse "innovation hub." Why did you get involved in the project?


Ford:  I remember the train station aa young boy and, as my life progressed, it just being a wreck - and it was of the visual that accompanied a national story abut the decay of Detroit. 


I hated that.


I always thought, if I am ever able to think of a reason to take the station over and revitalize it, I would love to.


One day I was driving by and I said,

"What if we could reimagine Michigan Central

as the place where people come together

to make the Motor City Motor City again,

where the future of mobility is worked on?"



Pray for Next Steps:

  • Use in a spoken teaching/sermon?
  • Upload a video of you introducing the innovation idea and inviting viewers to your you for a discussion?
  • Print copies of this Pray-Think-Work sheet for distribution?
  • Post on a social media site (you may use this link and/or repost the content with attribution)
  • Gather leadership for an interactive Pray-Talk-Plan workshop?
  • Would you/your ministry benefit from consulting with someone who can coach you personally towards a strategy for reimagining your church/ministry as a site for innovative approaches to prayer, discipleship, worship, fellowship?
  • Have members talk with neighbors: What need/problem would you solve for our community if you could?


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