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Richard Bergstrom, D.Min., is a church consultant, pastor, and author. He is President of ChurchHealth and co-directs Re-Ignite with his wife, Leona. He is passionate about helping others find purpose and passion in life and ministry. He and Leona live in Seattle, Washington.

If THAT’s the Future….

"That's the future." "If that's the future, you can keep it." This snippet of conversation comes from the award winning film The Artist. It takes place in a highly charged, pivotal scene and is between the movie studio chief and his star.  Many critics attribute the picture’s success to its back-to-the-old-days silent film presentation. While [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:21+00:00 September 25th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on If THAT’s the Future….

Lessons from My Washing Machine

I learned something from my washing machine today: Don’t overload. I've attempted to  manage a household for decades.  I've done at least 7,488 loads of laundry and I think I should have the technique down. But no. I get impatient, and I have very high expectations for my washing machine. My tendency to stuff the [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:21+00:00 September 19th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|2 Comments

Just a little splinter….

Or so I thought. I was dutifully observing Labor Day by cleaning out sticker-laden brush from the back yard when I felt the annoying pain of something foreign going down into my toenail. I couldn’t see anything so decided I’d only had a slight run-in with a thorn and had nothing to worry about. Before [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:21+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Just a little splinter….

Leading Edge Boomers in a Funk

According to a recent study, Boomers are fairly bummed out about the future. D’Vera Cohn and Paul Taylor wrote the following based on a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center*: The iconic image of the Baby Boomer generation is a 1960s-era snapshot of an exuberant, long-haired, rebellious young adult. That portrait wasn’t entirely accurate [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:21+00:00 September 5th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Leading Edge Boomers in a Funk

“Up to Speed?”

"Are you back up to speed yet?" It was a thoughtful question, really. After all, I had been down with pneumonia for a couple of months and had obviously been “dragging” around. I responded, somewhat jokingly, “Well, I’m back up to speed, I just think it’s going to be a different speed from now on.” [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:21+00:00 August 28th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on “Up to Speed?”

Re-Ignite Events Planned for October

Curious about Re-Ignite? We have three different events in October that will give you an opportunity to see what a Re-Ignite experience is like. For more information on any of these events, please contact us. All of the October events are in the Pacific Northwest. October 12-13: RE-IGNITE EXPERIENCE - Northlake Community Church, Bellingham, WA. Click here for more [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:21+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Re-Ignite Events Planned for October

Fighting Mediocrity

Mediocrity is natural. You don't have to do anything to drift there. It just happens.                                                             --Michael Hyatt, Author Re-Ignite is not natural. You have to want to [...]

By | 2012-08-15T11:08:59+00:00 August 15th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Fighting Mediocrity

Olympic Lessons

Like so many others around the world, I’ve spent the past few days glued to the television watching the 2012 Olympics. They are exhilarating, inspiring, nerve-wracking, frustrating, and sometimes heartbreaking. The athletes who win the coveted medals share something in common with leading-edge Boomers. They share in the quest for fulfilling a life purpose and [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:22+00:00 August 8th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Olympic Lessons

The 2nd 1/2 of Life Could be a Lot Like 4th Grade – Part III

Where IS Delbert? My dad had gone missing again. No, he hadn’t abandoned us. Far from it. In fact, when my dad went AWOL from family dinners he could usually be found in the backyard with grandkids or nieces and nephews. He’d be canopied by an array of blankets held up by lawn chairs and [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:22+00:00 July 31st, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on The 2nd 1/2 of Life Could be a Lot Like 4th Grade – Part III

The 2nd 1/2 of Life Could Be a Lot Like Fourth Grade – Part 2

Creativity. I love the very sound of the word. It conjures up images of originality, beauty, inspiration, awe. It’s fundamental to the development of a child, and it’s an inherent part of fourth grade.  Likewise, it should run through every tributary in the landscape of life’s second half. I grew up in a musical family. [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:22+00:00 July 24th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on The 2nd 1/2 of Life Could Be a Lot Like Fourth Grade – Part 2