The Advent Feast
: God's Arrival at the Table.
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.
Speaking the Truth in Love: Encouragement
The world, our churches, and our leaders are in an encouragement drought. While we are able to track approval–through likes, retweets, and comments, we are rarely extend affirmation for who we are and what is done through us. Social media is cheap affirmation and its help is fleeting in the life of a person. We […]
How to Lead Multiplication
With an understanding of why we multiply communities and what it means to multiply, the messiest part is practical: how do you lead a community through the multiplication process. The process of multiplication can feel like a minefield of expectations, sadness, and miscommunication. It can also feel like something that needs to be orchestrated like a savvy conductor.
Multiplication is Sending Arithmetic
What are the actual mechanics and skills involved in multiplying communities? How do you send effectively, pastorally, and practically? How do you know if and when to multiply? What must you do? When is it too early to multiply? There is a simple equation that brings so many questions into focus. It also helps us […]
10 Commandments Of Leadership
10 Commands given to all leaders based on the classic list from Exodus.
Food is significant. It is through food that Adam and Eve rebel. It is with food that God grows dependence in the Israelites in the dessert. Finally, Jesus holds up bread and wine during his last meal with his disciples and says it is his body and blood. Food and drink become metaphors and tastes of the gospel
Distraction Creates Leadership Void
Many pastors I speak with and coach opine their lack of leaders. Their lacking is heard in their prayers: “God just send us a leader.” Or, seen in their next steps, regardless of the topic: “Get more leaders.” Often, after years of waiting, pastors move toward recruitment: “If only we could get some of those leaders to come here!” However, our churches don’t face a leadership crisis, we face a discipleship catastrophe.