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 of 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
Part 2 An excerpt from, an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book, A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY: NEW MODELS FOR URBAN AND SUBURBAN MINISTRY. Discussion and critique invited. See yesterday’s post for part 1. My Journey I grew up as a teenager in the idealistic and embryonic dawning of … More Ending Racism with Counter-culture Gospel Ministry: Part 2
The following, as promised in yesterday’s post (“Fighting Racism with the Gospel”), is the first of a series of posts excerpting an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book, A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY: NEW MODELS FOR URBAN AND SUBURBAN MINISTRY. Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Suburban Church (Capitalizing on the … More Ending Racism with Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry
All of us who know and follow the risen Christ have a call upon us to fight evil and expose evil. There are dozens of Scriptures that could be brought to bear on that first sentence but I am not going to list them all here (I don’t have time at the moment). The other … More Fighting Racism with the Gospel
Here is a MUST READ article for all church planting leaders from the folks at Gravity Leadership. It is a guest post by David Fitch on the changing face of church planting in the United States but it really applies to all of North America. I don’t always find Dr. Fitch convincing, particularly with his … More “Why We Should Stop Funding Church Plants”