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What is in the Center: Position Matters

For today’s Whiteboard Wednesday, Art Wiers, who serves as Church Health Catalyst for the RCA Great Lakes Region, describes a valuable tool that helps ensure focus on God’s mission during church and leadership meetings. Art gives credit to one of his colleagues, Ken Eriks, who shared this tool with him several years ago. It’s a simple tool where you put …

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Compassionate Leadership

A Note from Luminex: This morning’s blog post is the third in a 10-week series on leadership. Enjoy! “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of …

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Three C’s of Change

On this Whiteboard Wednesday, Dan Ackerman, Executive Leader for the Zeeland Classis of the RCA, discusses the 3 C’s for leading effective change in your congregation. Change is part of life and we all should recognize this reality. So, the important question becomes: How do we lead that change effectively and not just let it happen to us? The answer …

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Adaptable Leadership

A Note from Luminex: This morning’s blog post is the second in a 10-week series on leadership. Enjoy! Wet cement is significantly different than cured concrete even though they are of the same substance.  All of us realize if we are going to build something out of concrete it will make much more sense if we begin with wet cement.  The …

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How to Be Gospel Fluent

First- You may be asking yourselves, what is gospel fluency? Gospel Fluency is the ability to be fluent in the gospel, which equips us to speak the gospel in everyday life. We live in a day and age where people are asking questions but we often don’t have the answers. Instead of giving information or transforming hope, we often give …

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The Reality of Sabotage

On today’s Whiteboard Wednesday, Rick Veenstra, Regional Executive for the Great Lakes Region of the Reformed Church in America, discusses one of the challenges of starting and strengthening churches – when the tail wags the dog. For many years, Rick has dedicated his life energy toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The church in North America has been in …

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Stewarding Leadership

A Note from Luminex: Starting today and continuing for 10 weeks, each of our Monday blogs will be focused on an essential leadership attribute. In the coming weeks, we’ll share thoughts on compassionate leadership, joyful leadership, innovative leadership, and much more. Today Dan Ackerman kicks off our leadership series by sharing his thoughts on stewarding leadership. When I was a senior in …

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A Community of Grace and Truth

On today’s Whiteboard Wednesday, Scott Lokers, from the Great Lakes Region Transition Ministries Services team, discusses the idea of having authentic community through grace and truth. A community of grace and truth is important to have in life. It’s necessary for authentic transformation, and it helps us to live under God’s purpose and design. Let’s anchor this in scripture: John …

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Four Ways to Encourage Your Church Staff

The following is an excerpt from Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church, by Michael Gafa: Ministry is not for the faint of heart! While there are numerous blessings that come from serving the Lord and His people, so too are there numerous challenges – many of which are very, very messy. In the absence of …

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The Solid-Slushy-Liquid Approach to Prioritizing Plans

On today’s Whiteboard Wednesday, Mike Gafa describes the “solid-slushy-liquid” tool that can be used in church or corporate settings to help organize and prioritize plans. As you work through a planning process, you may have a number of potential plans that you would like to complete in a year. However, you may know instinctively that having too many plans may …