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Burnout or Breakout

The latest book, by our very own John Messer, is now available! Discover how you can get your copy today and join a 5 week virtual learning community.
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An Auxano-certified navigator guides a church vision team of 6-12 people through seven 3-5 hour monthly sessions in a collaborative environment.


An Auxano-certified navigator guides a church leadership team through a 2-day retreat, followed by a 90-day follow-up session and follow up coaching as agreed on.

Systems Thinking

Based on his book Burnout or Breakout, John Messer leads church leaders through two 3-hour sessions designed to help participants overcome the twin towers of stifled leaders and stuck churches.


The Luminex Group guides church leaders through a comprehensive, 12-month journey that leads to clarity of identity, pronounced momentum, and increasing vitality and mission attainment.

Transition Ministry

Every transition experience is unique, AND, experience really matters. Let our experienced transition team walk alongside your congregation so you can thrive, rather than just survive during a season of transition.

Succession Planning

Some leaders prefer not to think about the inevitability of succession. We believe it is far better to be intentional about this process. Let us help you design a plan that fits your organization.
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Breaking free from binary thinking
Uncategorized Whiteboard Wednesday

Breaking free from binary thinking

Whether we recognize it or not, we are conditioned to approach decisions with a binary thinking mindset. But binary thinking tends to be limiting and polarizing. On today's Whiteboard video, Mike Gafa challenges us to break free from binary thinking,...
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Think Tank

The importance of church identity
Think Tank Thursday

The importance of church identity

Today's Think Tank Thursday's conversation focuses in on church identity and why it is so important. They will look at identity in terms Who we are as a church. What we are called to do. Who is our neighbor. In...
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"exciting and life giving"

"At Forest Grove Reformed Church, we have been blessed by Mike Gafa and the Luminex Group as we have been led through the Church Unique and God Dreams processes so we can gain that clarity as a ministry.  Our team finds the processes exciting and life giving.  We can't wait to see how God will use these processes through our church body!"

Rev. Daniel DeVries,
Lead Pastor, Forest Grove Reformed Church, Hudsonville MI

"Truly impressive"

"Voyage Church hired Mike to facilitate a long-term visioning retreat for us while we are in the midst of a pastoral transition. Mike met with several members of our church leadership and those who have been involved in our God Dream’s retreats. Mike did an excellent job listening, asking insightful questions, reinforcing us for our existing strengths and acknowledging some of our concerns. At the conclusion of the retreat, Mike offered to draft a long-term vision statement for us based on what he heard. The draft he provided was outstanding. Truly impressive. Mike has my wholehearted endorsement."

Diane K. Anderson,
Elder, Voyage Church, Kalamazoo MI