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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.

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

Do you remember what it was like in fourth grade? I do. I loved Miss Baylor’s classroom at Fruitdale Elementary School in Wheatridge, Colorado. She was a feisty teacher with a southern accent and a unique ability to make learning fun. For me it was a time characterized by new discoveries, lots of creativity and a ton [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:23+00:00 July 18th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on The 2nd 1/2 of Life Could Be a Lot Like Fourth Grade – Part 1

So, Why Not?

Three little words: So, why not? Simple enough. Unless those three little words come from the mouths of Sue and Kjell Daven, our gracious hosts during our recent visit to Stockholm. Time and again, those words have launched this couple into ministry, adventure and service around the world. The fact that Sue and Kjell met in [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:23+00:00 July 11th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on So, Why Not?

A Re-Ignited Dream Fulfilled in the Backwoods of Sweden

by Richard Bergstrom  For the past several years, I have had a growing interest in discovering my roots. That dream was fulfilled on Sunday, June 10th, when Leona and I met for a family reunion in Vannas, Sweden with 38 members of the extended Borgstrom Family. The reunion was organized by our host, Lena Lundgren, [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:23+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on A Re-Ignited Dream Fulfilled in the Backwoods of Sweden

Go Get It. Period.

During the Re-Ignite retreat we show a clip from the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” where single-father Chris Garner (played by Will Smith) is shooting baskets with his pro-basketball hopeful son, age 5. In all too typical fashion, Chris nearly squashes his son’s dreams by telling him he’ll never be any better than he himself [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:23+00:00 May 29th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Go Get It. Period.

The Trees of Our Lives

A fascinating component in re-igniting passion and purpose is looking back on one’s significant life experiences. And while that may seem like a daunting task, comparable to sorting a closetful of photographs, it really needn’t overwhelm one. The idea is simply that we revisit and intentionally share the stories of our lives with others as [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:23+00:00 May 22nd, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on The Trees of Our Lives

Unleash Your Inner Mustang

We love the new Ford Mustang ads. Everyone on the curb watching a Mustang drive by envisions her own freedom-from-the-routine experience as the voice-over boldly suggests one should “unleash your inner Mustang!" Six years and 40,000 miles ago, we bought a used 2002 red Mustang convertible. It is our dream car, escape vehicle and primary [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:23+00:00 May 15th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Unleash Your Inner Mustang

Why Re-Igniting and Re-Engaging Our Generation is So Critical

As members of the “counter-culture” generation, we Boomers have an arguable reputation for going against the flow. “You say you want a revolution...” Remember the words of those unintentional architects of a new culture, the Beatles? Those were words that defined a generation as one that wanted to change the world, making it a better [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:24+00:00 May 8th, 2012|Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Why Re-Igniting and Re-Engaging Our Generation is So Critical

Creativity: The Mark of Wisdom

I’ve spent nearly three decades proclaiming my belief that there is something absolutely wonderful about aging. Deep down in my soul I’m convinced God’s creative work in our lives comes to its most magnificent climax somewhere near the end of the journey. I was reminded of that recently as I meandered through the outdoor galleries [...]

By | 2012-05-01T10:22:39+00:00 May 1st, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Creativity: The Mark of Wisdom

Discovering My Roots Has Re-Ignited a Passion

by Richard Bergstrom The  experience of discovering my ancestral roots has re-ignited a passion within me to know who I am. In the summer of 2000 my family and I traveled to my hometown of Kalispell, Montana to attend my grandmother's 100th birthday.  While there, we met a distant relative who was working on a [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:24+00:00 April 27th, 2012|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Discovering My Roots Has Re-Ignited a Passion