In this week’s post, I’d like to introduce you to something we’ve started at Church of the Nativity. We’re pretty excited and we think you will be too.
It’s called: the Rebuilt Parish Association, or the “RPA” for short.
We officially launched the RPA during our Matter.15 conference this past November. Based on all the great feedback and increase of questions and requests related to our book Rebuilt, we wanted to find a new way to foster a national and international community of like-minded churches looking to “rebuild,” and then help provide resources we’ve found most effective for growing a healthy parish.
The RPA’s mission is simple. We focus on three things. 1) Equip 2) Inspire 3) Encourage
We exist to equip parishes by developing and providing effective and proven ministry materials. Parishes will have access to many of our past message series transcripts and videos, as well as curriculum for small groups, children’s ministry and more. It’s all geared toward the practical, easy to implement steps to get that ministry out of your staff’s head and into the lives of your parishioners.
Then we want to inspire parishes by hosting inspirational teaching events. We’ve already hosted a number of accessible and practical webinars featuring our staff members on topics like how to build and run a small group program and how to preach a message series. We’re there to answer questions in real time and get to the bottom of what works in ministry and what doesn’t.
And finally we want to encourage parishes by facilitating idea sharing and conveying compelling advice. Each webinar, for example, has generated a lot of collaboration and great ideas from members of different parish staffs across the country, not just us. That’s the goal. Encouragement also means learning from one another. That’s really where the RPA came from, when our staff realized (and continues to realize) we had a lot to learn from the healthiest and fastest growing churches in the country, which just so happened to be evangelical megachurches like Saddleback and Willow Creek.
Evangelization and discipleship isn’t about another program or curriculum, and we have no intention of making the RPA just another one of those things. We think it’s part of a movement. It’s about learning how to collaborate as a team of churches, together forming the Church, in a way that can effectively move your parish and parishioner’s hearts.
It’s really all about Making Church Matter, isn’t it?
To learn more check us out here or contact us at: info(at)rebuiltparishassociation.com