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Your First Sunday Back

“What should we focus on during our first Sunday back in the building?” someone recently asked me.  “Celebration,” I said, without thinking. “Celebrate who you have become through this pandemic.  A crisis of this proportion has expanded your capacity.  Own it....

Has COVID Undone Church Decline?

As churches prepare to re-open, it’s fair to ask if COVID has undone church decline. Over the last two months your congregation has gone through a transformation. You have created new forms of worship, established new means for people to give, and launched new forms...

Rebekah is Interviewed on the Spiritual Media Blog

Click here to read Rebekah's interview with Matt Weeks on the Spiritual Media blog.

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Crises generate both chaos and miracles.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused breakdowns of every sort, it has also created breakthroughs. The pandemic has revealed to us what’s most important, most essential, to us. Especially in the areas of worship, spirituality...

How to Transform Fear into Faith During the Pandemic

Click here to read Rebekah's May 12, 2020 article in Guideposts.

How to Stave Off the Post-Pandemic Blues

“I’m really depressed about everything that is going on,” my long-time friend Lin confided to me.  I understood.  After all, her state had been in a serious lockdown.  Her fiancé was sheltering in place five states away.  She was stuck at home where once she was used...

Strengthen Your Spiritual Immune System

You are on the front lines of leadership during the largest, swiftest cultural shift the world has ever experienced. Everything has changed. You have been rising to the challenge.  In fact, some of you are experiencing this as the most rewarding, if not demanding,...

When Worship is No Longer Building-Based

Christians believe that out of death comes resurrection.  Yet even Christians would have been hard pressed to believe that out of this terrible pandemic new life could arise for churches.  Yet that’s exactly what’s happened.  Take church buildings, for example.  Their...

Surprising Culture Shifts for the Church from COVID-19

For decades all signs have pointed to the decreasing role of religion in American life.  Then came the pandemic. Churches, uniquely suited to provide meaning in uncertain times, quickly moved worship online.  In the process, congregations filled a sudden need for...

Quick Shifts and Unexpected Gifts from COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought with it a flurry of unexpected changes.  One month ago, I never would have expected to wear a mask to the grocery store, practice social distancing or wash my hands incessantly.  Life has changed dramatically. There is an upside, though.  Even as...

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