Reimagining Church

Thriving Congregations Initiative: New Models for the 21st Century

Reimagining Today

Telling the Story

Through self-narration, we are coming to understand that diversions can often tell us more about the heart of things than staying on topic.

Leah Wise
November 11, 2021
St. Peters Episcopal
Waiting to be sown

In this discussion, a more significant question became apparent… Who really makes up the St. PJs congregation?

David Potter
October 29, 2021
St. Paul and St. James
Personal Reflections on Conversations With Rev. Tyler Sit

Tyler Sit offered a five-step structure for analyzing the opportunities for a new church or a new activity within an existing church.

Jim Hawkins
October 27, 2021
St. Francis Episcopal Church
The Birth of St. Francis Church

In 1942, Long Ridge Village Episcopalians saw an opportunity in the weeds of a dead parish.

Phoebe Oler
October 22, 2021
St. Francis Episcopal Church
Creating Community

Learning about community involves deep listening and looking for God in what you hear.

Jyrekis Collins
October 21, 2021
Community Baptist
From Her First Holy Communion, to Reimagining the Future of the Church

Storyteller Eileen’s reflection on our time with Tyler Sit

October 19, 2021
Simsbury United Methodist Church
With Gratitude

I plan to look deeper into our church culture and practices to determine what needs to go and be held up and sacrificed at the altar while we seek new and more freeing ways to express our love of Christ.

Ray Andrewsen
October 15, 2021
Spring Glen UCC
Encouragement, Caution, Suggestions, Enthusiasm!

We were encouraged to look at our non-negotiables and must-be’s. For us, that means needing to acknowledge the strong connection to tradition in our church and being creative in how we can appeal to those looking for a fresh approach.

Lois Pabst
October 14, 2021
UCC Tolland
Staying Awake: FCCB in Conversation with Church Planter Tyler Sit

On Saturday, October 9, the working group from FCCB gathered on Zoom with eight other congregations and Tyler Sit to discuss his book, Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers, and ministry experience as it relates to Reimagining Church.

Zak Carroll
October 14, 2021
Branford UCC
Facilitator for St. Francis Episcopal Church

Tradition can feel rigid and archaic, especially in this modern age full of innovation, newness, and fluidity at every corner. And yet, I am convinced that it is precisely a little tradition and structure that we all need to feel grounded in our reality of rapid communication and information accessibility.

Phoebe Oler
October 14, 2021
St. Francis Episcopal Church