Tips For Your Community Gathering
What Small Change Can You Make This Week?
Tips For Your Community Gathering
Once a week, you have the opportunity to gather your community and be together. While I’ve written on the purpose and beauty of these meetings, I regular encounter areas where leaders benefit from these three tips in coaching conversations. How can you implement one of these things this week?
Missional Community Pilgrimage
“The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with […]
Loving Refugees as Neighbors
None of the things God calls us to do are safe, in fact, almost all of his commands are dangerous. One, they require us to give of ourselves in ways that tear away our core ideas of value, security, and identity. Two, we become aware of the presence and grace of God which is overwhelming and troubling because he lovingly heals us of things we didn’t know were sick, he touches wounds we didn’t know we had and showers us with grace that transforms.
How a Refugee Family Changed Our Community
In the summer of 2015, my missional community shifted our common mission away from my neighborhood and direct neighbors toward refugees. The Spirit worked through novels, newspapers, and the Scriptures to direct our community in unison toward this overwhelming focus of a people marginalized not only in our city but the world. We were a community of technology consultants, teachers, counselors, taxi drivers, translators, students, nurses, environmental scientists, and writers. We had no idea what we were signing up for. Our journey brought us into friendship with a Burmese family and into contact with Christ in a way that has left us changed. I share our story today because it is an example of missional community that you could follow.
My wife and I are avid readers. I was asked once again this week for a “gospel-centered reading list”. So, Mirela and I took the time to make this list. If we had to give a new disciple a list of books (that doesn’t include the Bible), this is what we would give them. This […]
Rethink The Ideal Missional Community
When our missional community was just Mirela and me, mission was pretty simple. We shopped, ate, and recreated locally within our neighborhood and began making friends. We invited co-workers over to hang out and life moved along as we made friends and shared the gospel. We both worked flexible jobs and didn’t have many friends or family […]
The Advent Feast
he hopelessness, war, doubt, and selfishness of our worlds are directly correlated to our participation in that meal. That meal made Advent necessary. God arrives to remove the separation caused by sin, to resurrect the death consumed, and to destroy the evil digested.
The Importance of Commitment
After laying the foundation of the gospel, the easiest way to continue moving forward is to create a missional commitment or what some call a covenant. This commitment is to God, one another, and your city. Essentially, the group decides together how they will be and grow as a missional community.
What I Learned in Europe
Last week, I had the privilege of returning to Europe to participate in a gathering of over a hundred European believers, church planters, and missional community leaders. Before the trip becomes too distant a memory, I decided to jot down and share some of my impressions, learnings, and prayers.
Why I Wrote Multiply Together
The vision of missional communities is not simply for one vibrant community but thousands. Thousands of groups reflecting the gospel, growing in the gospel, and proclaiming the gospel to those around them. I pray for thousands of communities speaking the gospel, redeeming culture, and seeking justice in our cities.