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Retirement as Mission – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 8

On today’s whiteboard video, Dan Ackerman addresses a frequently overlooked, yet critically important subject: retirement. Referencing The Third Third of Life: Preparing for Your Future, by Walter C. Wright, Dan makes the case that retirement doesn’t have to oriented solely around relaxation, but can actually be the impetus for reinvention that leads to reengagement. Watch the video to learn more.

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Gravitational Pull – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 7

On today’s whiteboard video, Keith Doornbos illustrates the importance of churches having a healthy “gravitational pull” that helps move people from disconnected to deeply connected. Watch the video to learn how to create a gravitational pull in your church, and how one key question helps guides the process. Be sure to check out Church Renew to learn more about this impactful …

Master of Ministry Program at Kuyper College – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 6

Kuyper College is a key partner with Luminex! Today, we are blessed to have Branson Parler from Kuyper College share some key distinctives that make Kuyper’s Master of Ministry Program unique, and a blessing to emerging and established ministry leaders, along with the churches and organizations they serve. Watch the video to learn more and to learn how you, or …

Systems Thinking Conclusion (Part 5) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 5

This is the final video in the 5-part series on Systems Thinking. On today’s whiteboard video, John Messer touches on several key points that in combination help church leaders develop into systems thinkers. NOTE: If you missed any of the earlier videos in the series, click here to catch up! This series comes courtesy of John Messer, who recently completed a …

Causal Loop Diagram (Part 4) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 4

This is part 4 in a 5-part series on Systems Thinking. Today, John Messer makes the case that ministry burnout is real (and all too common)… yet absolutely avoidable.  John introduces a tool called the Causal Loop Diagram that helps explain and illustrate both the problem and the solution. Watch the video to learn more! This series comes courtesy of …

Behavior Over Time (part 3) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 3

This is part-3 in a 5-part series on Systems Thinking. Today, John Messer shows how the interaction between Jethro and Moses (Exodus 18:13-27) points to a useful tool to understand behavior over time, leading to changes that address the core problem rather than its symptoms. This series comes courtesy of John Messer, who recently completed a doctorate degree in Systems …

The Systems Iceberg (part 2) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 2

This is the second video in a 5-part series on Systems Thinking. In today’s video, John Messer gives a detailed explanation of how the Systems Iceberg (based on Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline) illustrates the tendency churches (and all systems) have to focus on events. This results in us reacting and attempting to fix symptoms, rather than working below the surface …

Linear Thinking vs. Systems Thinking (Part 1) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 1

This is the first video in a 5-part series on Systems Thinking. Today’s video delves into the contrast between linear thinking, which is pervasive yet problematic, and systems thinking, which is rare but consistently and deeply effective. This series comes courtesy of John Messer, who recently completed a doctorate degree in Systems Theory with a specific emphasis on application to …

The Drama Triangle – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 9: Episode 15

When conflict is present in interpersonal relationships, is it possible to move from anxiety to empowerment? Yes! On today’s Whiteboard video, Tanner Smith contrasts the “Drama Triangle” with the “Empowerment Triangle.” One triangle leads to anxiety, the other to empowerment. Watch the video to learn more!

Five Functions of an Executive Pastor – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 9: Episode 14

The executive pastor role is considered vital for medium to large size churches. Yet the core functionality of executive pastors is often misunderstood or overlooked. With an assist from xpastor.org, and taking into account over 12 years of serving as an executive pastor with three different churches, Mike Gafa explains how executive pastors perform five essential functions. Watch the video …