What We Do
Metanoia Ministries creates pathways to nurture one another community and spiritual transformation.
We offer personal services and creative resources in:
- Strategic Consulting
- Change Management
- Vision Casting
- Leadership Development
- Spiritual Formation
- Personal Conciliation
- Church Conflict Reconciliation
Since 1993, Metanoia Ministries has:
- Served more than 95 churches in more than 45 denominations across North America and in Europe.
- Trained thousands of pastors, lay leaders, and volunteers across the United States.
- Conducted leadership workshops and conferences in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Hungary, and Korea.
- Published numerous books, articles and resources for Christian leaders.
The word metanoia is a Greek word used in the Bible for “repent.” Metanoia is a fundamental shift or movement of mind; a change in direction. Scripture tells us that the church is comprised of people who are transformed “by the renewing of our mind.”
“Repent (metanoia), then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19
Metanoia: shaping an ecclesiology for our time
Metanoia Ministries exists to nurture kingdom flourishing by equipping effective leadership teams and nurturing one another community. Our mission is to critically engage the way Christians have come to think about and practice being the church in order that the church might be restored to its biblical, communal roots.
The formation of biblical community…
Metanoia Ministries seeks to restore and instill biblical community. Such values speak to the nature and function of the church that may be incorporated (in various forms) into all churches regardless of size or denominational/theological affiliation. We seek to nurture life together in Jesus Christ, composed of practices where the Holy Spirit works to form a redeemed community to become “the righteousness of God.”
By identifying and addressing underlying systems in the church, we seek to provide a pathway for the church to learn new habits and practices of biblical community; inviting a congregation into a way of life shaped by the cross, living and growing under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
On the church becoming the Church
The Greek word for church in the New Testament literally means “called out.” The church is a called-out, called together people who live in contrast to the world.
The church is the social context of a spiritual reality—the space where we live out the Gospel. In the church, believers describe, practice, and participate in God’s redemptive purposes. The church is where we live into our calling to be the body of Christ.
Being the church, then, requires a specific way of seeing, understanding, and communicating under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is an invitation into a way of life that is larger than ourselves; one that forms us and shapes us. It is an encounter with a specific history, a community-tradition that teaches us to interpret our world in peculiar Christian ways. Services and practices are designed to model and to re-present the salvation and sanctification story.
To be the church of Jesus Christ we must be a people who, together, critically examine our culture’s assumptions about the world and our place in it. Responding to a culture that worships the self and insists on privacy and individualism, the church must be a place that re-discovers God’s calling to be a holy, separate people for the praise of Jesus Christ.
Metanoia Ministries identifies a renewed challenge to be faithful to Jesus as Lord. Confronted with Western culture’s engrossing consumerism, Metanoia calls people to be participants in salvation, not consumers of it.
Rejecting our culture’s narcissism, the church must stop meeting needs and start changing minds. Instead of employing strategies that conform to the world in order to reach it, the church should provide a place of faithfulness where people are transformed out of the culture’s pathologies into a new life in Christ.
Rejecting the culture’s autonomous individualism, we must see a church as the body of Christ, a physical space of His presence in the world where the Holy Spirit works in His people to save past, present, and future. Salvation is a gift from God and submission to a new life in Christ where we take up our cross daily. With the Apostle Paul we would affirm that salvation is not merely an event in the past but an activity for the present and a work for the future. “ Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. ” Php 2:12
Understanding the postmodern state of Western culture, the church must be faithful to our history in Jesus Christ, the scriptures, and the Holy Spirit’s work in His people, out of which all other knowledge and loyalties are critically engaged, including psychology, science, public schools, and politics.
This renewed faithfulness to being the church of Jesus Christ invites a confused and lost culture to “look and see what manner of life has been made possible in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
The implications of the church becoming the Body of Christ instead of a gathering of individuals forces us to see faith and scripture with Kingdom eyes. The church becomes a body where Jesus is Lord and where a foretaste of His Kingdom is accomplished “on earth as it is in heaven.” In such a church, Jesus lives through His called-out, called-together people who are being changed into glory and living out the full purposes of God.