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Grace News & Good Ideas
January 6, 2010
take the time to take a look to take a step
It is not unusual for most churches to set many things aside or put them on hold as the Christmas season arrives. Once the new year has started, there is an enormous temptation to catch up--whatever that means. For some, it is returning to the previous schedule, for others it is trying to do the things that were put off prior to the Christmas season starting, and for others it is a return to a felt need to be busy.
In actuality, the beginning of the new calendar year offers a marvelous opportunity to take time to take a look before taking the next step. There is usually a lull in people's schedules because of school vacations, etc., so before reentering the fast pace, it's a good time to do an assessment of where you are and what your people need in their spiritual walk. 
upcoming events
January 30, 2010 at Grace Institute 
9 am- 4 pm simultaneous programs
Special pricing: $49 per person or 2 for $69!
Taking Aim: strategic planning in church life
Taking Aim Target
 Most churches don't suffer from a lack of good intentions. But without a way of thinking and planning that helps people work together, it is easy to go in circles and lose energy. to read more
Worship Today: going beyond styleget REVVED
Believe it or not, there have been more books written about worship in the last 20 years than in the entire time since Christ walked the earth. Too often worship becomes a contest between generations or  to read more 
good ideas:
1.  Have a leadership retreat and dom some prayer, accessment and brainstorming before making plans for the new year.
2.  Ask yourself 2 questions: what do we need to be doing NOW? What do we need to be doing NEXT? 
3.  Establish some measureable goals to reach by the end of May.
Michelle Jenks, Grace Institute
2770 Montgomery Rd, Aurora, IL 60504
available programs:
 Taking Aim Target
Taking Aim: strategic planning in church life
Worship Today: going beyond style
Simultaneous Programs on
January 30, 2010 at Grace Institute 
9 am- 4 pm  
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