A Healthy Church In The New Normal

An invitation for pastoral leaders into a journey of the Leaders’ Learning-Lab (L3)

31 March, 2022

Dear Pastoral Leaders,

As we go through Pandemic, and now moving into an Endemic era, restrictions may ease thereby releasing church life back into the open. This “re-opening” may be different: new habits formed by people; new technologies accepted as norm. Yet this re-opening is a time for churchlife to come to the fore to be an expression of love for Christ and a witness of this love.

At such a time, more than ever before, pastoral leaders need to understand principles of church health and growth, utilize them to navigate the landscape to build strong & healthy churches in the new normal.

My conviction rests on these suppositions:
  • God desires His church to grow in all situations, whether good or bad, whether pandemic or persecution.

…I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18)

  • There are principles & wisdom God has given to build up the gathering of His people into vibrancy. We can learn them & grow in them.

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. (1 Corinthians 3:10)

  • In all situations, God desires the church to have an environment where people grow to reflect a relationship with Him, a calling unto God with a vibrancy of witness to the world.

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:5, 9)

God raises pastoral leaders to build environments for His people that grow them into fitted vibrant & healthy church communities to become a strong house of God!

Churchlife Resources (CLR) has been journeying with churches to strategically help them grow healthy since 2006. CLR has journeyed with churches ranging over 4-5 denominational groups / clusters, from sizes of church plants to 8000. CLR has ministered to 90 churches in various settings, nearly 30 churches in-depth between 1-4 years each time.

“The most effective learning we have experienced is when pastoral leaders come with their teams in the session to apply the principles learnt into a real-ministry situation in their church (a group learning-lab approach).”

At such a time of moving into Endemic and “re-opening” into a New Normal, CLR seeks to share her knowledge and experience of church health and growth principles with pastoral leaders. As such principles often take time for grasping, application and tweaking to learn, CLR invites pastoral leaders into a journey of the Leaders’ Learning-Lab (L3), with designed tracks of self-learning, peer-learning & team-application learning. The most effective learning we have experienced is when pastoral leaders come with their teams in the session to apply the principles learnt into a real-ministry situation in their church (a group learning-lab approach).

Some of the topics we feel relevant and may field over the next 1-2 years may be: building & sustaining an evangelism culture, the importance of church elders/council in church health, building & sustaining vibrant small groups, leadership skill facets, preaching & pulpit planning, and others…

With this, CLR hopes to serve the needs of churches, to develop and train leaders with strategic acumen within every church that will guide their people’s growth over the season.

May God grow your strategic acumen for the things of God, know the landscape of the new normal and build you into an expert builder for His kingdom purposes in your church!

From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders…all these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. (1 Chronicles 12:32)

Rev. Dr. Philip Huan

Principal Consultant

ChurchLife Resources

Visit www.churchlife-resources.org/leaders-learning-lab/ to find out more!
Any queries, email us at [email protected]

Rev. Dr. Philip Huan is the Principal Consultant at ChurchLife Resources, and is passionate about helping churches and leaders become strong and healthy!

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