Thriving Congregations Initiative

Reimagining Church

New Models for the 21st Century


Workshop with Dr. Sharon Fennema, part 2

September 24, 2022

How can storytelling help your congregation?

Workshop with Dr. Sharon Fennema, part 1

September 24, 2022

How can storytelling help your congregation?

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"Thriving Congregations" Lecture with Dr. Gregory Howard

A lecture on “Thriving Congregations” from Dr. Gregory Howard, sponsored by Virginia Union University, on April 11, 2021

How do we glean from the experiences that we call “challenges”?

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Second Visionary Meeting with Rev. Becca Stevens

A video recording of the second visionary meeting with Rev. Becca Stevens

Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and the founder of Thistle Farms, in Nashville. Thistle Farms is a widely recognized model for Christian outreach, a housing first network for women survivors of addiction and sexual violence. Thistle Farms uses economic development as a tool for personal empowerment and relies on faith for changing lives. 

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First Visionary Meeting Video

A video recording of the first visionary meeting with Rev. Tyler Sit

The Rev. Tyler Sit, Pastor at New City Church (United Methodist), a dynamic new church start in Minneapolis, where the congregation is wildly reimagining what ministry looks like. He is the author of  “Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers.” A profile of Rev. Sit’s work was published by the Faith and Leadership project at Duke Divinity School. In March 2021, Reimagining Church facilitator Jonathan Lee interviewed Rev. Sit for Yale Divinity School’s Transformational Leadership in a Turbulent Time series. 

A Church that Grows Together Protests Together

An article by Todd Nelson on the Faith & Leadership website

During the uprising that swelled after the murder of George Floyd, a Minneapolis congregation found that it already had the character and resources to respond faithfully.

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Faith and Leadership: Thriving Communities

A learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

What distinguishes Christian leadership from leadership in other fields is its end, its telos – to cultivate thriving communities that are signs of God’s reign. What do we mean by “cultivate thriving communities”?

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Lilly Foundation Thriving Congregations Grant

Information on the Lilly Foundation Thriving Congregations Initiative

The aim of the initiative is to help congregations strengthen their ministries and thrive so they can better help people deepen their relationships with God, enhance their connections with each other and contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world.

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Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers

Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers is a book by Rev. Tyler Sit

Jesus asks us to stay awake, which begs the question - stay awake to whatStaying Awake is a practical exploration of Christianity for people who want to show up for justice and stay in the movement. Discover nine practices of Christian community that will transform you to transform the world.