I have been praying for workers to be sent into the harvest and this week got word that one of my former students is leaving youth ministry to plant his first church. Very exciting to see answered prayer. Here’s an article that I recommend to him and to all Christians, not just church planters, who … More How to Do Reconnaissance into the Neighborhood’s Soul
Monday Discussion Jesus’ expectation, Paul’s expectation was that disciples, followers of Christ would all, without exception, be workers for the kingdom which means healers and heralds of the kingdom. Today however, much of what we do in our churches is wait for people to come to us, or we invite them to come to our … More If Most of Our People Never Share their Faith, How Can a Church be Considered Healthy?
Friday is for Heart Songs Some time ago, I had the idea of working on a book proposal for my publisher on a book that would explore “INTENSELY LOCAL” ministry. Later, I worked on some new material for what we are calling “Go Training” at the church. For that reason, I was happy to go … More Pressing the Flesh in the Neighborhood
Monday Discussion [Revised and updated from 2010] Developing an “intensely local” vision for church planters and others who just want to make a difference. Thesis: To really get to know a community, you have to “press the flesh.” You need to develop real relationships with real people. This will involve changing both our mindset and … More How to Do Reconnaissance into the Neighborhood’s Soul