Revitalization Requires Relational Renewal

09/07/2018By Mark Eldredge

So often when a church realizes that it is in need of revitalization, the initial response is to look for quick fixes or what’s often referred to as, “the silver bullet.” It’s natural to think and hope that if we can just find the right program then all will be well again. Good programs are … Read More

Doing Small Groups For A Change

04/27/2018By Mark Eldredge

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)   Gone are the days where if we offered decent … Read More

5 Ways to be more Relational and less Rigid with Small Groups

02/02/2018By Mark Eldredge

I’ve never been too caught up in trying to understand the different generations like Boomers vs. Gen X or Millennials, etc. My general thought has always been that people are just people: all are sinners and need Jesus regardless of their generational trends. No need to complicate it! Early on in ministry I would get … Read More

Creating Authentic Community

01/26/2018By Mark Eldredge

One of the five VITAL aspects of church health which will lead to church ReVITALization is Authentic Community. That’s the “A” in VITAL that we teach in our ReVive! workshop. The principle is that there must be genuine love for one another in the church if it is to be healthy and grow. I’ve learned … Read More

Learning to Love Your Dysfunctional Family

12/01/2017By Mark Eldredge

  I went to Disney World the day after Thanksgiving. It was crazy busy! While waiting in long lines I saw several large families in matching T-shirts identifying themselves and their annual vacation. One families’ shirt said, “Our Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving Vacation 2017.” I smiled and thought, “At least they’re honest!”   During the holidays … Read More