The Church Lab

Jim.labcoat.I’m going to reflect on this year’s New England Synod Assembly in a future episode.

Today, I want to show you Bishop Jim Hazelwood’s Report from our last day together, June 7, 2014.

The video is from the entire last plenary session, so don’t be intimidated by its length.

Bishop Hazelwood begins his presentation at minute 13:15, so fast forward there. It ends round minute 49.

It is a little over 36 minutes. I urge you to take the time to watch it and take some notes.

I’ve transcribed one quote from a few minutes into it below, along with 10 questions to consider.

I want to hear your reactions.

Your congregation council wants to hear your reactions.

Your community wants to hear your reactions.

I’ll be working on my reflections as well.

Peace to you. “Let anyone with ears listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” (Revelation 2:7a)


(41:40-42:14) Stop doing everything and do one thing well. Many of us have things in our congregations that we need to let go. I know it’s tough to let it go, and I know it means a lot to those one or two people. But you can’t keep doing seventeen things poorly. Pick one. And be known for it in the community because people will go, ‘So that’s what a Christian looks like.   Oh, that’s what a church is all about.” (Bishop Jim Hazelwood)

10 Questions to wrestle with in your congregation:

Where were we 5 years ago?

Where are we now?

Where is God calling us in 5 years?

Is our church about us or about Jesus?

What is holding us back?

 What are we afraid of?

What is our “Jesus” purpose?

What can we let go?

What is our one “Jesus” thing?

 What could we try that we have never done before?

We are being invited, nudged, and encouraged to…

Experiment! Experiment!  Experiment!


Jesus said, “See, I am making all things new!” (Revelation 21:5a)


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1 Response to The Church Lab

  1. Joe says:

    Good reflections Geoff. Thanks! I will use the information you provided for my church. This is important stuff to talk about!

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