“When you give people freedom, you get chaos, but you also get incredible creativity. Because everyone tries to contribute to the community, you get a great variety of expression.” (p. 81.) For more see: Brief Review of The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman.
Tuesday is for Missional Thinking Becoming a Rabbit Church vs an Elephant Church *comments in red are Ed Stetzer’s; comments and points in black are mine The following are comments and notes from a class with Ed Stetzer. Ed and I were scheduled to teach a class together one year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School … More What hinders rapid church multiplication?
Listen to Your Community Michael Frost and I had a bit of a dust up on Facebook. (Michael was responding to the title of one of my posts. I have brought the whole comment stream over from Facebook and put it in the comments on the blog HERE.) It was the second or third time … More Michael Frost and The Skill Most Church Planters (and Churches) Neglect
Further thoughts on Philippians 4:9 “What you have learned and sounds like a cognitive component received and sounds like an embracing of the truth heard and sounds like something being repeated over . … More Is This the Apostle Paul’s Discipleship Process?
Health and wealth in this life is NOT the gospel message. We are called by a crucified Savior to a cross-shaped life. In other words, we are called to suffer with the weak, the oppressed, the hurting, the sheep who are lost and haggard and humbled by sin and corruption. Our lives should look like … More The Prosperity Gospel is Killing Christian Living
Monday Discussion Missional leaders lead God’s people on the mission of God, to the world of God, for the glory of God. You can call yourself a missional leader. You can read all the right books on missional leadership. You can sling all the right names around from the missional community. But unless you are leading … More Missional Leaders and Phonies
Thursday is for Making Disciples [Update: Don, who asked the question that started this blog post, now lives in heaven. I look forward to seeing him again.] I had just finished recording the message for this past Sunday and our second campus when Don (he always says “from Tennessee”) asked an important question. The message he … More Changing the Conversation with Your Neighbor
About 2-3 times a year, I am part of a team of men training church planters around the world with Dynamic Church Planting International. It is an honor and a privilege because, In my opinion, DCPI is the most effective church planting organization in existence. No organization trains more church planters, more effectively, in more places … More Training and Equipping Church Planters and their Teams
For a start how about … We would expect a greater involvement in reaching the lost from the the very start. We would give more opportunity earlier for them to demonstrate faithfulness. We would put them in stretching situations earlier. We would emphasize eschatology–Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (based … More What Does it Mean to “Raise the Bar on What it Means to be a Disciple”
Over on Facebook yesterday, Neil Cole started a discussion that was quite lengthy with a retweet of @lanceford: If North American pastors worked as hard at Disciple-making as they do on Sermon-making we could change the world//Prob true! I’m not sure if the “Prob true!” comment is Neil’s or Lanceford’s. The Discussion went on for … More Neil Cole: A Bridge (destruction) Too Far (Is Preaching Part of Discipleship)