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<a href="http://www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org" rel="nofollow">www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org</a> empowers congregations to be vital and vibrant as they pursue their full kingdom potential. Those doing so are considered FaithSoaring churches.
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Literal interpretation of Bible 'helps increase church attendance'

Literal interpretation of Bible 'helps increase church attendance' | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Study finds conservative theology mixed with innovative worship approach helps Protestant churches grow congregations
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Coffee: The Beverage That Fuels the Church

Coffee: The Beverage That Fuels the Church | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
How the church has transformed a cup of joe into a universal display of hospitality.
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The State of the Church 2016 - Barna Group

The State of the Church 2016 - Barna Group | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Americans are attending church less, and more people—particularly Millennials—are experiencing and practicing their faith outside of its four walls. Based on a large pool of data collected over the course of this year, Barna conducted an analysis on the state of the church, looking closely at affiliation, attendance and practice to determine the overall health of Christ’s Body in America.
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Are You Pushing Pastors to Build Bigger Churches? Please Catch Us When We Fall

Are You Pushing Pastors to Build Bigger Churches? Please Catch Us When We Fall | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Many pastors feel pushed to grow, but they don’t feel like they get the help they need from church leaders when that growth fails to materialize.
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Insight 225: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Understanding Long-Term Facilities Implications

Insight 225: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Understanding Long-Term Facilities Implications | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
It makes a tremendous difference in the ability of congregations to transform if they have not painted themselves into a corner regarding long-term financial obligations. Typically congregations obligate themselves to long-term facilities costs. It is not the initial cost of the facilities. It is the long-term costs of utilities
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Insight 224: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Anticipating Next Generation Leaders

Insight 224: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Anticipating Next Generation Leaders | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform anticipate the next generation of leaders in their congregation. They are not just looking a few weeks, months, or a year ahead. They are anticipating the leaders they need and who those people might be 3, 7, to 10 years into the future. This mean
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The Next Season of Your Congregation's Life: Visionary Leadership

The Next Season of Your Congregation's Life: Visionary Leadership | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Implications for the Congregation Life Cycle [See all articles in this series HERE.] Does your congregation have a captivating and passionate sense of your identity involving the eternal mission of God and the everlasting purpose of your congregation (who you are), your enduring core values (what you believe o
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Your Congregation Does Not Have God's Empowering Vision Unless . . .

Your Congregation Does Not Have God's Empowering Vision Unless . . . | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Partially because it is important for congregations to have vision plus intentionality so they are on a focused spiritual and strategic journey that will allow them to thrive with vitality and vibrancy, congregational leaders are prone to declare they have vision when they do not. Who wants to b
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Insight 220: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Being Willing to be Foolish

Insight 220: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Being Willing to be Foolish | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform are willing to appear foolish to those who are uncommitted to a radical Christian faith. In their foolishness these congregations are embraced by the power of God and the wisdom of God. “For the world of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing
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Insight 218: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Connecting With People Rather Than Attracting People

Insight 218: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Connecting With People Rather Than Attracting People | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform connect with people in the community context because their concern is engaging people in a Christ-centered, faith-based journey. Congregations seeking to grow their attendance to make the church successful keep trying to attract people to attend the church. Connecting is primarily concerned about people. Attractin
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Insight 217: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Following Visionary, Permission-Giving Leaders

Insight 217: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Following Visionary, Permission-Giving Leaders | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform often benefit from the presence of visionary, permission-giving leaders. These are leaders who have a balanced vision for inviting people to connect with a Christian-centered faith-based personal journey, discipling these people, and engaging them missionally. One key is that these leaders recognize that without thi
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27 Books That Have Impacted My Ministry as a Congregational Champion

27 Books That Have Impacted My Ministry as a Congregational Champion | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
I have read thousands of books during my life. Probably 90 percent of them have been non-fiction books. The picture with this blog post is a good representation of the stacks of books in my office when I lacked the shelf space for them. As I begin the four-yea
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LifeWay Research: Friends and Family Matter More Than Money This Thanksgiving

LifeWay Research: Friends and Family Matter More Than Money This Thanksgiving | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Americans count their blessings at Thanksgiving, God will get most of the credit. And money might be the last thing on their minds. Most Americans are thankf…
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Faith and fitness: Why a workout has become a reason to go to church

Faith and fitness: Why a workout has become a reason to go to church | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Faith-based fitness is on the rise, and many churches are doing more for their members' bodies, rather than focusing on their souls.
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The factors driving the growth of religious ‘nones’ in the U.S.

The factors driving the growth of religious ‘nones’ in the U.S. | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
The share of Americans who do not identify with a religious group is surely growing, but there are differing ideas about the factors driving this trend.
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Choosing a New Church or House of Worship

Choosing a New Church or House of Worship | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly because they have moved.
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Sometimes, Getting to Church With a Baby and a Full-Time Job Is Just Too Hard

Sometimes, Getting to Church With a Baby and a Full-Time Job Is Just Too Hard | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
A new survey suggests the logistics of going to services can be the biggest barrier to participation—and Americans’ faith in religious institutions is declining.
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The Next Season of Your Congregation's Life: Relationship Experiences

The Next Season of Your Congregation's Life: Relationship Experiences | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Implications for the Congregation Life Cycle [See all articles in this series HERE.] A huge shift in the focus and impact of the four organizing principles in congregational life has taken place in the past dozen years or so. This is the crescendo around the importance of Relationship Experience
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Insight 223: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Seeing Vision as a Validator

Insight 223: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Seeing Vision as a Validator | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform have an ever clearer vision of the future of the congregation toward which God is pulling it. But that vision is more than a rallying cry for the movement of the congregation. It is a validator of their actions. Congregations who fail at transformation ma
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Insight 222: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Making Every Sunday Count

Insight 222: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Making Every Sunday Count | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform never see Sundays as an event that goes well or does not go well. It is important to plan and prepare for Sundays. It is important to evaluate Sundays so you can do it better next time. But Sundays are intended to primarily be a
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Insight 221: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Wise Use of Interim Period

Insight 221: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Wise Use of Interim Period | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform make use of the interim period between pastors. They do not rush out to secure the next pastor. They take their time. They secure an interim pastor who can provide solid spiritual and strategic leadership. They seek to renew their commitment to a Christ-centered, faith-base
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Insight 219: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Understanding Their Point of Unity

Insight 219: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Understanding Their Point of Unity | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform recognize that unity is not achieved by everyone sitting in the same worship center during the same hour participating in the same worship style. They also recognize that disunity can happen unintentionally when people sit in different places to worship at a different hour participatin
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The Next Season of Your Congregation's Life: The Four Organizing Principles

The Next Season of Your Congregation's Life: The Four Organizing Principles | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Implications from the Congregation Life Cycle [See all articles in this series HERE.] What are the categories you use to describe your congregation? What frameworks or assessment tools do you use? Is the best category size, age, location, growth status, worship style, denominational affiliation, facilities, disciplemaking processes, pastoral leadership
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Insight 216: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Increasing Commitment to Move Forward

Insight 216: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Increasing Commitment to Move Forward | FaithSoaring Churches | Scoop.it
Congregations seeking to transform work to increase the percentage of people connected with their congregation who are committed to forward, proactive action empowered by God’s future vision for the congregation. It cannot be a few people. It must be many people. A number equal to 50 percent of th
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