Clergy Support Corner

8 Disruptive Church Trends that will Rule 2021

Happy New Year, Pastors!As you step into 2021, how are you thinking about ministry and the way you will be doing it? What will you do differently because of 2020?For the past several years, Carey Nieuwhof has suggested disruptive church trends that will rule the year. The trends are necessarily needed to be considered and, I would say, especially so in 2021.I share his post for you to read, consider, and take to heart so that the parish you guide will be as vibrant as possible. God bless you as you follow Him and lead your congregation,DS John 

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AFRAID OF DISAPPOINTING PEOPLE? 5 WAYS PEOPLE-PLEASING IS STARTING TO HURT YOU IN THIS CRISIS

So, you probably want people to like you and your leadership. Who doesn’t?

If we’re honest with each other, most of us in leadership prefer to be be liked (rather than not liked). That’s natural, and it’s not entirely unhealthy.

But, so many leaders would also quietly admit that, deep down, they’re people pleasers.

People pleasers usually evaluate their leadership by how popular their decisions are. That’s not great leadership in the best of times.

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Pastors, here’s why everyone’s so mad at you right now.

Pastor, Church leader:

This post may help understand some of the emotions and tensions you are feeling and others are projecting at you. 

Please take time to read it all the way through as Carey gives some helps in the second half. 

Praying for you and the church you serve daily,
DS John 

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Generous Congregations

A New Small Group Experience
for Clergy & Local Church Financial Leaders

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Tips to Make Online Members Feel More Connected

Pastors and churches of the Central Bay District, 
Now that we have established a pretty wide constituency through the online worship services that we began as a response to Covid, how do we connect with all those who are not already part of our congregations? Facebook, YouTube, and other viral means don’t give us much in the way of contact information. The folks from OUTREACH, a magazine designed to assist churches in their outreach efforts to make disciples, have a few thoughts. I thought you might find them helpful.

God bless you as you continue to move forward in the making of disciples of our Lord Jesus, 
DS John 
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Video Sermon Bank Available

The Board of Congregational Life is opening a “Video Sermon Bank.” We are offering sermons from pastors throughout the Michigan Conference. Some sermons are from large-church pastors, some from small-church pastors, some from Elders, Deacons, and Local Pastors.  Some are from District Superintendents, and others from Conference staff members. Most are in English, although we will have some in Spanish. (We are gathering sermons now and will continue to add to the bank).  These sermons are offered as a gift to their colleagues.

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The Online Church Engagement Summit

Pastors and leadersWe are still in the middle of the Covid19 pandemic. I know you have worked hard to be the church through these difficult times. Being the church has required us all to think and do things we never thought possible. And God has guided us through it. Now we must begin to think forward. What will being the church be like when the pandemic is over. Carey Nieuwhof has some important things we need to read/hear as we prepare for what’s next. I invite you to consider his take. 
DS John

THE CHURCH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: 5 TRUTHS ABOUT FUTURE CHURCH ATTENDANCE AND COMMITMENT

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Pastors & church leaders,
In an effort to provide as many options as possible, especially as we begin to move inside for worship as the temperatures go down, i forward to you this option: 

Pastor,
We have very good news! There is now a way to disinfect your entire church in a safe and fast way – and it’s EPA-approved to kill COVID-19 in 60 seconds!
I know that you’re thinking this is too good to be true – but this is a disinfectant that hospitals are using and it’s non-toxic, dries quickly and can be used on hard and soft surfaces around your church!
Our webpage has all the information on how it works and how you can order it.
Have a great day!
The Outreach Team

Keep doing your good work!
DS John 


And After the Pandemic, Then What?

So, maybe you’re beginning to think about what will happen when “this pandemic is finally over.” Then again, maybe you’re just trying to get through the next online worship service. I get it. But if we will survive we must think forward in ways that will enable us to utilize what we’ve learned about what it means to be church – both good and bad.

To that end, I share the link to an article from Thom Bandy which appeared in Ministry Matters a few months ago.  As usual, the person behind Mission Insite makes some keen observations and asks many of the right questions.  Here’s the link in encourage you to check out and share with your leadership:   

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God bless you with wisdom, discernment, and extra energy and passion!
DS John


Pastoral Care Specialist Program

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Third Tuesdays*
September, 2020 – June, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. * May require adjustments due to pandemic

What: A 60-hour, ecumenical program of
specialized training in pastoral care and
brief, supportive pastoral consultation
(counseling). Building on ACPE**
guidelines. Certificate of Completion upon
successful completion of the program. ** “ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education”

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