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January/February 2019


Ten Small Steps to a More Mission-shaped Congregation

by Amy Schenkel

Please see the updated link to this article
It is that time of year when many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are intended to be life-changing. The challenge is that most life change does not happen overnight! Running a marathon, for example, takes months of training.  Daily practice slowly shapes muscles and develops endurance until running 26.2 miles is possible.

Looking at our congregations, we may wish that we could magically create a mission-shaped congregation with one event, one sermon, or one service-project.  However, like our new year’s resolutions, becoming a mission-shaped congregation takes many small steps, all headed in the right direction.

As you plan 2019, I encourage you to consider some small steps that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will develop a mission-shaped congregation throughout this year:
  1. Neighborhood Prayer Walks: In teams of two, walk the streets of a particular neighborhood on a regular basis, praying for wherever you see the Holy Spirit at work, bringing unity and healing, as well as asking for God’s intervention where there is brokenness and division.
  2. Take a City Leader to Lunch: Invite the mayor, a police officer, or a school administrator to lunch, and ask them about their work.  Ask them where they see your city hurting, and where they see hope.  Listen for where the Spirit is at work. Let what you learn shape your prayers and your actions in your community.
  3. Attend the Canoeing the Mountains Event: This book is a must-read for ministry leaders in today’s post-Christian context.  Spend a day with the author and other ministry leaders to think about how it applies to your situation. Read More

Resource Spotlight

Have you checked out  Resonate's YouTube channel yet?  
There are a host of excellent videos capturing stories from around the world.  

Our New Local Mission Leader

The Great Lakes Regional Mission Team is excited to announce our newest Local Mission Leader, Rev. Dr. John Mondi. 

John is the pastor of African Community Fellowship, where he has been ministering to African immigrants since 2009.  He will work alongside the growing number of refugee and immigrant congregations in the Great Lakes region, as well as offer cross-cultural intelligence to the traditional churches that are hosting them.  John’s church was also part of the first Go Local cohort with Resonate and is invested in helping churches learn to adapt to their changing contexts. 
You can connect with John at this address:

Campus Ministry Student Intern Shares Her Story 

My name is Nikki Rakestraw and I am a senior at Grand Valley studying Creative Writing. I was asked to share a story with you about how Campus Ministry has shaped my life since coming to college and the honest truth is that I can't talk about my college experience without talking about CM!  Read More

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Go Local Taste & See Night:  Participating in a Go Local cohort provides encouragement and accountability! Come to one of these events to learn more, with no obligation.

Join us for refreshments at 7 pm.
February 11: Russ' Restaurant in Grandville - 
4440 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418

February 28: To be determined. Look for an email in early February.



Tod Bolsinger - Early Bird registration rate ends January 20

Leading in Uncharted Territory
Feb 15, 2019
Church of the Servant- Grand Rapids

Register Here
Sponsored by Calvin Seminary, Classis Grand Rapids East and Resonate Global Mission

Leading change in the church can seem to be impossible. The status quo can be the enemy of mission. As leaders in the church, God calls us to follow his mission forward, and yet so often we feel ill-equipped. If you desire to explore how to best lead healthy change in ministry, we'd like to invite you to join us for a full-day conference led by leading change expert, and author of Canoeing the Mountains; Tod Bolsinger.
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