Years ago while living in California I had a number of experiences with sheep. We lived at the base of a place called Little Mountain in San Bernardino and there was a shepherd who annually grazed his flock of about 200 sheep on its hillsides. (Bit of Trivia: Little Mountain is the site where Sammy … More What Does it Take to Be a Shepherd?
Musing on a Thursday Morning Nothing lasting happens for the advancement of God’s Kingdom without prayer. That is why my soon-to-be-Doctor Ben Long, my best friend and church planting partner is organizing a series of prayer walks for our growing band of Christ-followers. We will be walking around strategic buildings in our community, praying for … More Prayer Walking has Little Biblical Warrant
Some of you know that I have had a long time association with Dynamic Church Planting International. In my opinion, they may be most prolific and effective church planting accelerators in the history of the Church. That is a big claim but I think the numbers and impacts are there to back it up. One … More Church Planting Training Opportunities
On Tuesday I was involved in some on-line mentor training led by Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI). All of the presenters were friends of mine and they did a fantastic job of sharpening our focus on how to mentor the church planters with whom we are working. And like any good mentor, each of them … More How to Start Church
Monday Discussion I don’t know if the question was real, if it was directed specifically at me, or a set up by another Christian who wanted to know how to counsel someone else. I just know that it is a good question. It came to me as a question on Quora.com. How did you get … More “My relationship with God is cold.”
Here’s one of those stories that demonstrates the kind of creativity and commitment to blessing our neighborhoods that is so needed in the secular age we live in. The article is short and worth your time. This would make a great start to a brainstorming session of a home-group that is missionally focused on reaching … More “Planting Goodness in the Neighborhood”
Ministry Can be Exhausting. Many who start don’t finish. Many others who start well, don’t finish well. Too many fall by the way side because of faulty perspective on how to prepare and sustain long-term health in ministry. A little background to give context for this post. I have taught at three seminaries. The International … More Confession of a Church Planting Mentor
Just found a letter to my prayer team at New Song Church from January of 1998. It is a great stroll down memory lane but also a great testimony to the greatness and power of God. Mountain Ridge Community Church in Redmond, Washington, one of our church plants had just had their first service (We … More A Church Planting Church’s History
Some of you who follow this blog know that Michael Frost and I don’t always see eye to eye. We are sometimes sandpaper to one another’s personalities. But Michael is a brother in Christ who I appreciate nevertheless, and one whose thoughts and production are worth considering. Some 15 years ago now, Michael and Alan … More Are You a Church Marketer or a Missionary?
Part 5 in a continuing series. Links to previous posts include: Introduction: “Fighting Racism with the Gospel” Part 1: “Ending Racism with Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry“ Part 2: “Ending Racism with Counter-Cultural Gospel Ministry: Part 2“ Part 3: “Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church: Part 3“ Part 4: “Six Core Values for Multi-Ethnic Ministry” Becoming intentional in reaching … More Growing Pains in Multi-ethnic Ministry