Thanks to Clergy and Congregational Coach Laura Stephens-Reed for sharing this excellent outline/practice for congregations and clergy searching for creative ways to emerge from the Covid-19 tomb/womb.

In her May 25, 2021, Where Do We Go from Here? blog post, Stephens-Reed acknowledges this early summer as a “shoulder season”, in which we are still part-way in the pandemic and as we become part-way out of it. This is the time, she suggests, for discernment and experimentation.

Stephens-Reed offers a template to encourage congregations to try new things, endorsing experimentation as the hallmark of the Book of the Acts o the Apostles, who were in a similar shoulder season. Her two-part approach of “Trying” and “Reflecting” is simple, yet empowering of both new adventures and letting go without shame.

The Ministry Lab is all about empowering experimentation and collaboration: it’s in our name, our vision, and our mission. How can we help you in this emerging/new birth/transformation process?

Member congregations enjoy free and unlimited consulting: call or send us an email: we are happy to visit about any area of ministry with constructive feedback for your ideas, inspirations we’ve gleaned from other congregations, and resources to do what you want to do. Not a member? Becoming one is easy!!

Join a Round Table or Co-Lab Feedback Cohort to network with other congregational leaders. Get inspired, navigate challenges, share your own Great Ideas.

Speaking of which: if you’re not sure where to start, check out other Great Ideas from leaders taking risks or suggesting things that have worked in their settings – and share your own to benefit others!

Let The Ministry Lab become a hub for innovations and experimentation in your context: we are here to support and assist you, every step of the way!