From our experience with a wide variety of congregations that have revitalized their ministries in many ways, we see six practices at the core of vital churches.
Author Archive | Susan Nienaber
by Susan Nienaber on February 1, 2016
What is the secret of revitalizing a congregation? One pastor’s answer, found at the Big Tent Revival.
by Susan Nienaber on October 26, 2015
Susan NienaberFor most of my consulting practice, I “held certain truths to be self-evident.” I used to believe, for instance, that many congregations had declined so far they could not possibly revitalize—but I have changed my mind.
by Susan Nienaber on June 29, 2015
by Bishop Bruce Ough and Rev. Susan Nienaber It is possible to revitalize our mainline congregations and denominational structures. And it is happening all around us, in spite of the numerous challenges we are still facing. It’s true that we are still challenged by an aging population in our mainline churches, fewer younger clergy, seasoned […]
by Susan Nienaber on February 13, 2015
I confess that I’m not much of a professional sports fan. However, I do watch the Super Bowl mainly to socialize with friends and to watch the commercials and the halftime show. Did you notice how different the commercials were this year? Many of them featured cute animals, positive self-esteem, values, relationships and sensitive dads. […]
by Susan Nienaber on November 12, 2014
by Susan Nienaber One of the greatest joys of my new role as District Superintendent (and part-time congregational consultant) is that I am learning so many new and exciting things. In recent years my denomination has placed a strong emphasis on starting new churches. Clearly, congregations that are growing in vitality are the ones who […]
by Susan Nienaber on June 21, 2014
by Susan Nienaber I sat down recently with two new friends, Joelle Anderson and Vanessa Williams, recent graduates of Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. As an older, mainline Protestant clergywoman speaking with two much younger women-one African-American and the other Euro-American, both graduating from an evangelical seminary-I was curious about the worldview of two […]