Insight 037: FaithSoaring Churches Eliminate Pain Rather Than Just Alleviate Pain

It is not possible to become a FaithSoaring Church by shallow alleviation of pain rather than in-depth elimination of pain. Here are two applications. First, when congregations engage in ministry, it is not enough to simply provide food for the poor and thus alleviate their hunger. They must also seek to eliminate the circumstances that […]

Insight 035: FaithSoaring Churches Seek Higher Ground

FaithSoaring Churches seek higher ground in their efforts to leap forward in the direction of God’s unique visionary leadership for them. When congregations seek common ground, they are generally compromising one perspective on the next steps for the congregation with another perspective. Rather than seeking common ground congregations need to seek higher ground. Higher ground […]

Insight 034: FaithSoaring Churches Affirm Significant Collaboration Among Leadership Groups

FaithSoaring congregations make the best use of their people resources. Too often committees in congregations function in isolation from one another. They appear as silos rather than as an integrative network of teams or leadership communities. As such they are inefficient and at times stumbling blocks to any forward progress. It is not coordination that […]

Insight 033: FaithSoaring Churches Reaffirm Their Church is God’s Church

It may seem like a no-brainer that every congregation is God’s Church. This is not always true from the perception of congregational participants. They often refer to the congregation as being their congregation. Therefore, future choices need to follow the guidelines of how their church is intended to operate. This becomes a significant challenge when […]

Insight 032: FaithSoaring Churches Focus on Vision Plus Intentionality

FaithSoaring Churches are about three words. Vision Plus Intentionality. That is it. Saying these words is really very simple. Living into these words is a mountain few can climb, and a summit that eludes many congregations. Vision is about a clear sense of God’s spiritual and strategic direction for your congregation. Intentionality is about aligning […]

Insight 030: FaithSoaring Churches May Refocus on Their Neighborhood or Community

Many congregations lose touch with their community context. This does not happen suddenly. It is a gradual transition. The congregation is successful enough and comfortable enough that it does not sufficiently notice the geographical context slipping away from it. Such congregations must rediscover their context. They must reposition themselves psychologically and strategically as a new […]