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By Audra Abt
In our latest blog, Audra Abt encourages us to cultivate real relationships with people marked by the brutalities of systemic injustice.
By David Romanik
How do we respond when those who look and speak differently knock on our door? When two Swahili-speaking refugee families from Congo arrived at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, in 2013, the community’s first response was to help with their physical needs. In Breaking Down Walls, David Romanik shares the process of discernment and the practical steps that followed as they shifted their focus to bringing God’s purpose for the community to life.
By Greg Syler
In part 2 of his blog on transformational vestries, Greg Syler advocates that we work to better align our vestries with the methods of a missionary church.
By Jemonde Taylor
How are icons different from images? In Icons: One Thousand Painted Prayers, Jemonde Taylor delves into the world of spiritual iconography and explains how powerfully expressive icons can be in revealing the divine to us and in us.
By Greg Syler
Why can’t a group of great people grow their church? Greg Syler posits that it might have to do with the Vestry. Please see below for more.
By Linda Buskirk
Linda Buskirk addresses a common issue in church architecture – that often it’s not built to be welcome to people of all abilities. In our latest blog, she recommends steps to remedy such situations.
By Annette Buchanan
Annette Buchanan tackles vestry shortfalls in communication and knowledge. Here she shares her church’s recommendations for a strong, transparent vestry.
By Nicole Seiferth
ECF recently launched a new publication – the Finance Resource Guide. In The Finance Resource Your Vestry Needs, Nicole Seiferth breaks down what the book offers and shares why this is a must-have publication for every transformational vestry.
By Mary Barber
Al mismo tiempo en que escribo esto, estoy tratando de salvar un retiro de un fin de semana. Uno de mis compañeros de clase del seminario y yo habíamos estado planeando el retiro por meses y ahora, un día antes de que ocurriera, se canceló a causa de una situación completamente fuera de nuestro control.
By Lou Blanchard
How can we be more intentionally transformational? In A Path of Transformation, Lou Blanchard uses Otto Scharmer’s book Theory U to explain the process of moving through four emotional “fields” to a spiritual place of transformation.