richard

Home/richard

About richard

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.

How Far Can You Stretch? Part III: Another Story

In our recent post entitled "How Far Can You Stretch?" we talked about the incredible impact short term missions trips have in the lives of Boomers. Here is another story of one woman in her mid-60's whose life was transformed when she allowed God to stretch her! PAULA GUEST, Retired Elementary Schoolteacher A Load of [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:24+00:00 April 26th, 2012|Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on How Far Can You Stretch? Part III: Another Story

How Far Can You Stretch? Part II: A Real-Life Story

In our post "How Far Can You Stretch" we began the discussion about the importance of short term missions experiences in the lives of Boomers. Here's one woman's story of being stretched in El Salvador. TERRY McNICHOLS, Retired Marriage and Family Therapist My husband, Ken, and I are about to embark on another trip to [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:24+00:00 April 20th, 2012|News|Comments Off on How Far Can You Stretch? Part II: A Real-Life Story

How Far Can You Stretch?

If you had been in my church on a recent Sunday, you may have found yourself dodging missiles disguised as rubber bands. Armed with a pile of would‐be weapons, our pastor pulled several bands tight and sent them screaming into the air. One landed just short of a woman’s nose. Then without tension or stress, he attempted to [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:28+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on How Far Can You Stretch?

Demographic Upheavals Create New Opportunities for Ministry

Boomer populations are growing rapidly everywhere, especially in economically dynamic areas. A study released by the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. confirms what demographers have long been predicting: The rise of boomer populations will create new demands on national and local agencies to create and maintain extensive social-support systems and adequate public policies. The “age [...]

By | 2012-04-26T06:01:45+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Re-Ignite the Church|Comments Off on Demographic Upheavals Create New Opportunities for Ministry

Navigating the White Waters of Ministry

“You’re not going down the CHUTES like that are you?” Those were the last words we heard before our inflatable plunged over what appeared to be a harmless, flat, smooth rock formation. Puddles of lazy water lapping against a table of stone suddenly turned into raging waters determined to plunge straight down. The people on [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:29+00:00 February 17th, 2012|Re-Ignite the Church|Comments Off on Navigating the White Waters of Ministry

The Eye of a Hurricane

ALL IS NOT AS QUIET AS IT SEEMS..... For the past decade, professionals in the field of gerontology have referred to the overwhelming demographic bulge populated by Boomers as the “Age Wave.” The illustration impressed upon our minds the image of a huge, powerful and overwhelming event, much like a giant wave or even a [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:29+00:00 January 20th, 2012|Re-Ignite the Church|Comments Off on The Eye of a Hurricane

In Search of Wisdom

I’ve said it many times: Midlife and older people should be involved in all areas of ministry in the church because it needs their wisdom. While it is true we yearn for sage insights, wisdom doesn’t come automatically with the passing of years alone. American comedian Tom Wilson is quoted as saying, “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:29+00:00 January 19th, 2012|Re-Ignite the Church|Comments Off on In Search of Wisdom