Virtual Speaking Engagements and Online Retreats

5 Church Words to STOP Using for the Future of Church (...and what you might use instead)

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Free Range Priest will work virtually with your congregation, diocese, or denomination to reconsider these common church terms and what that means for the future of church:

Practical ways we’ve always ‘done’ church that can be looked at in new ways

Asking ourselves if certain systems and patterns are working the way they used to

Shifting our mindset from ‘have to’ to ‘get to’ gives us permission to move towards what’s life-giving

Even thinking about changing things is actually changing things!

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I have sat at so many tables with congregations who are exhausted.

They just can’t keep up with running the church the way they did decades ago. They don’t have the resources - time, energy, people, money - to keep up with everything.

They worry about the future.

I started my ministry - Free Range Priest - with the idea that there has to be a better way to do and be church.

I have learned that it starts with letting go of some of the organizational and administrative ways of thinking about church.

This can start with simply thinking about the ways we do church today - especially the ones that seem the hardest - and wondering if we really need to do them this way anymore.

I designed 5 Church Words to be a thought-provoking - maybe even a little bit challenging - and also liberating - way to reimagine the future of church.

How much longer can we keep doing the same thing and hope for different results?

The organizational church continues to steeply decline, and many congregations and denominations are at a loss as to how to change this.

We are at the point where we know we must change or die. We must have the courage to look unflinchingly at what is most important to our faith and what we can afford to let go of.

How many more Sundays does your ministry have? Isn’t it worth considering just a few small changes to not be afraid of the answer?

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There are changes we can make - small ones - that can make a big difference in how we bring Good News to more people.

You CAN keep doing ministry in your own building, with your own clergy and your own worship.

SO much about the future of church is really about the little things.

What if we stop going to meetings? What if we quit trying to find volunteers? How does this change how we prioritize the work of the church and how we do it?

Just think about it.

It is almost impossible to change organizations from the inside. That’s because they’re meant to be stable! That’s a good thing, and what’s helped the church grow across the ages.

We’re not agile as organizations, but we do change over time. And just considering what is most important, and focusing on that, can help us move towards the future of church in ways that are thriving.

5 Church Words is designed to engage your organization in spirited conversation about who we want to be and how we get there.

There’s never been a better time to reimagine ministry for sharing more Good News with more people - in a world that so desperately needs it.

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What's Included

5 Church Words
Online Speaking and Retreats

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Online speaking for large or small groups
(can be tailored to your budget and venue)

5 videos delivered 7 days before your event for participants
to engage material beforehand

Online speaking for large or small groups
(can be tailored to your budget and venue)

5 videos delivered 7 days before your event for participants to engage material beforehand

Virtual content delivered in advance so participants can engage on their own time

Online conversation via Zoom for large groups or small

‘Just Think About it’ exercises for reimagination


Workbook included with video


30 day FREE subscription to the Bring Church to People community

'Yeah but...'

The retreat was well prepared. We had homework to do ahead of time, to prepare more fully for the session. It was good information to think about as we move forward as the people of God and how we reach out to our neighbors. It was well organized and allowed everyone to have time to share their thoughts and ideas.

Michelle Harris

Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights, OH

I love that I'm left with good questions to ponder and I'm really focusing on what is my vocation and how can I live fully into it.

The Rev. Charles Cowan

Trinity Episcopal Parish, Wilmington, DE

'At this rate (of decline), there will be no one in worship by around 2050 in the entire denomination.'

- The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile

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The institutional way we’ve organized the faith has been declining since the mid-20th century. Today it is barely hanging on.

It’s not too late to reimagine the future of church. But it IS too late to pretend we don’t have to.

Start today with one change, one concrete step in your ministry - for the good of the whole church.

This IS for you if…

you’re a congregational leader, feeling the pressure of holding everything together.

you’re a denominational leader, wondering how to guide the churches in your care.

you know the church needs to change but don’t know how.

This is NOT for you if…

you want church to stay exactly the same as it was in the 1960s (and before).

your church/diocese/denomination is not experiencing any stress about the future - everything is going great!

you have no hope for the future of church.

The future of church is in our hands.

You don’t have to give up the faith that sustains you, the community that supports you, or the worship that feeds you.

You just have to be willing to hear God’s voice calling us forward in new ways.

5 Church Words can help you listen for it.

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