No Room for Church Competition

Matt Thorton – Hub Coach Overseed connects pastors focused on revitalization with seasoned coaches from churches that have collaborative vision for advancing the kingdom of God. Our coaches seek and nurture partnerships across denominational lines. They share resources and learn from one another, firmly believing that the Church is one body with many members. We …

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Churches Coaching Churches

The two churches denominationally belong to Converge. Shortly after Tom first arrived as Pastor at The Chapel, he invited someone from Converge to help the congregation develop a strategic plan to intentionally pursue certain values and healthy behaviors at the church. Eventually, he also asked Converge to help The Chapel launch their downtown church prototype …

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Don McKinnon – Rebuilding Bridges

Pastor Don McKinnon understands that building bridges to the community takes tactical patience. He’s a replanter. A pastor who intentionally replants the seeds of the Gospel in a place where it once flourished. A year and a half ago, Don became the pastor of Legacy Church at First Baptist Church in Sutton, the fourth oldest …

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Revitalization in Four Words

At a recent Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) roundtable for students considering church revitalization, Pastor Justin Frank framed his ministry story with four words: Invigorating, Infuriating, Clarifying, Humbling. Like many pastors “from away”, Justin first came to New England (from Oregon) to study at GCTS. It was in Massachusetts that he met and married Kellie, a …

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George Ray – Overseed Hub Pastor (Retired)

At Overseed, we describe revitalization pastors as patient catalysts. Leaders who understand that building trusting relationships and revitalizing a church takes time and intentionality, especially in New England. George Ray was a great example of being a patient catalyst. For 35 years, George served as Senior Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church of North Reading, MA. …

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To Plant or To Replant, That Is the Question

Okay, I admit I am envious. I’m envious of the new house my friend recently built. I’m especially envious of the energy-efficient spray foam insulation, modern windows and doors, and fuel-miser heating system. As I lug firewood and watch my woodpile shrink through the long Maine winter, I often wish I could start over, building …

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Preaching Through the Church Year – Jack Daniel

One Sunday during last year’s Christmas season, my wife and I worshipped at the church of a young, dynamic pastor whom I had been coaching. His message was biblical, practical, and well delivered, and the worship music was uplifting and skillfully led. Only one thing was missing: Christmas! No mention was made of Christmas anywhere …

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