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Introduction to the 3DM Learning Circle

This week is an introduction to the 3DM Learning Circle, a tool to process life’s kairos moments – simply put, moments that make you sad, mad, or glad. Our speaker, Roger Bird, is from The Bridge in Allegan, a church that began 9 years ago. Their main goal was to be a missional church, but found that they were burning …

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Discipleship

Mark 3:13-18: “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), …

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Luminex Podcast 11: Pastoring a Church in its Final Days

Last week on the podcast Randy Weener talked about small churches and how some of them are at the end of their life cycle. This week Doug interviews Jason Vermeulen about his experience pastoring Casnovia Reformed Church during its final days and the time leading up to the end. [00:00:20] Introduction to Casnovia Reformed Church Casnovia Reformed Church is located …

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Four Ways to Encourage Staff

Everyone needs some encouragement. Here’s some simple ways to do it at your church! Make Gafa brings us this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday with four ways to encourage staff members: Be present. Give your time and attention to the staff members in your church. How? Listen closely, be attentive to their needs, and be focused on them. Be affirmative. Intentionally affirm …

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The Thankfulness of Squanto

On December 21, 1620, a group of English separatists – people we now refer to as “pilgrims” – landed at Plymouth Rock. There were 102 people who had boarded the Mayflower when it sailed from England, but two had perished during the disease-ridden 66-day voyage. After reaching land, they entered headfirst into a devastatingly cold and windy winter. Their food …

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Luminex Podcast 10: Small Churches Matter

The bigger the better, right? Well, not necessarily. Small churches have advantages that a big church couldn’t have. This week Doug interviews Randy Weener, Classis Leader for the Great Lake City Classis in Michigan. They discuss small churches – their advantages, disadvantages, and unique opportunities. [00:00:30] Defining a small church A small church can be defined as a congregation of …

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Time to Party

Food, fun, and friends – it’s time to PARTY! Season 3 of our Whiteboard Wednesday ends on a fun, high note with Doug McClintic, Church Multiplication Catalyst for Luminex. Outreach can often seem like it needs a complex, theological strategy in order to be effective. But there is a simple outreach technique that everyone can use and that Jesus used …

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Instilling Hope in the Midst of Transition

The uncertainty that often occurs when a ministry is going through a leadership transition tends to drain positive energy and raises doubts about the future of that ministry.  While much of this doubt will usually be unspoken, the reality is that if it is not intentionally addressed, it will cause the ministry to lose considerable momentum. One of the most …

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Where Leadership Begins

Are you a new leader wondering where to start your leadership journey?  On today’s Whiteboard Wednesday, Curry Pikaart, Classis Leader for the Southwest Michigan Classis, tells us about where leadership begins based on his experiences in college and the story of Nehemiah. Doctor Kenneth Weller became the president of Central College in Pella, Iowa, when Pikkaart was a student there. …