Something to Ponder

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Change Management: Intentional Interim Ministers and Congregations

Change Management: Intentional Interim Ministers and Congregations By Rev. Malcolm Himschoot Rev. Malcolm Himschoot who serves the United Church of Christ as the Minister for Ministerial Transitions with the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Team. He is also current Vice President of the Board of the Interim Ministry Network. The post appeared in the…

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Education Opportunities The education of clergy and congregations in the interim time has proven to be essential in the life of the congregation. IMN seeks programs that enhance this ministry for the clergy and the lay leaders. Many programs are developed around the framework of the Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry training.  Time to time IMN…

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Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church

Click on book image to order. Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church by Carol Howard Merritt An effective plan to help those suffering from wounds inflicted by the church find spiritual healing and a renewed sense of faith. Raised as a conservative Christian, minister and author Carol Howard…

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January 31

January 31 (with inclusive language) God called forth a people and we responded to God’s call, ‘Rebuild this ancient ruin, restore My city walls.’ As we built, brick by brick we discovered the cornerstone and as we let God mould and fashion us, God built us up in love. Now we have seen, and we…

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Learning New Skills

Our grandson is five. He is beginning to want to help, with things like baking pumpkin muffins, which I think he experienced in kindergarten over Halloween. Anyway, he came into the kitchen and saw all the ingredients being assembled on the counter. “Can I help?” he asked. Have you ever seen a five year old…

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Don’t Just Talk About Mission-Act With Passion! By Susan Beaumont

Don’t Just Talk About Mission-Act With Passion! By Susan Beaumount Congregations waste precious time forming mission statements that fail to inspire action. Writing a mission statement produces clarity, but rarely generates energy. It’s time to move beyond mission and start focusing on the passion that compels us to make a specific difference. We often think…

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All Saints – By Rev. Alan Mead

For Christians today is All Saints’ Day. It is a day that we pause to remember and give thanks for those who are no longer here. Of course we remember those who have had strong faith and who have accomplished remarkable achievements; but increasingly I find myself remembering those who have touched my life in…

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Sad News – By Rev. Alan Mead

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden death of our dear friend and colleague the Rev. Gary Goldacker yesterday afternoon (Oct 24, 2016). Gary was a long time member of the IMN Faculty, and served Episcopal congregations in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Cleveland Heights, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Newport and several other places.…

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