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November/December 2019


Connecting with our Neighbors this Christmas Season

by Amy Schenkel

Even though I cringe every time I see a store’s Christmas display before Thanksgiving, congregations and their leaders are already planning their Candlelight services, Advent readings, and Christmas celebrations.  Many churches will be asking the question, “How can we connect with our neighbors this Christmas season?”

Our natural tendency is to focus on the events and worship services that we can invite our neighbors to attend.  The invitation is critical- a 2015 Lifeway Research study indicated that among the 38% of Americans that do not attend church at Christmas, 57% said that would likely attend if someone invited them. Of course, this means that 41% indicated that, even if someone invited them, they would be unlikely to attend church at Christmas (2% were undecided).

So what can a church do to think about how they will connect with these neighbors- the ones unlikely to attend even the most well-prepared worship service or celebration? Read More

Resource Spotlight

Still planning an Advent Series?

David Fitch and Michael Moore offer one option in their Podcast, Theology on Mission

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Global Prayer Safari

Join a team of North Americans who appreciate the power of prayer as you journey hand-in-hand with teams from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, and other nations from around the world.  Together, we’ll demonstrate Christ’s love to ministry leaders, government officials, business people, and everyday citizens in the USA through prayer and relationship-building.

We’ll be praying from New York City to Washington, D.C., with many stops in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Baltimore in between. The northeast “megalopolis” from Boston to Washington, D.C., has over 50 million people and includes two of the most influential cities in the world.

Registration and more information HERE


Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Worship Symposium

January 30  @ Calvin University

Register and join us for:

Seminar 1 | Framing Worship in New and Established Churches
Kevin Adams with responses by Jonathan Brooks, Dennis R. Edwards, Christopher Flesoras, Amy Schenkel, and Chris Schoon

This seminar will help worship leaders skillfully guide spiritual novices, skeptics, and, yes, Christian veterans in the grace embedded in the time-tested liturgy and the liturgical year. Discussion about worship hospitality will focus on in-between words that frame classic worship elements for mission, alerting attendees to their character and purpose. Participants will get tools to create their own “frames” informed by the church of all ages but customized to their neighborhoods. This is for anyone who wants to increasingly offer worship hospitality and heighten their congregation’s mission IQ.
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