Speaking the Truth in Love: Encouragement

It's How We Notice God's Work in Others

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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10 Commandments Of Leadership

10 Commands given to all leaders based on the classic list from Exodus.

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Eating Together

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

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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.

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Children in Missional Communities

We treat our children like full participants in our communities. They serve, they eat, and they grow in their understanding of the gospel right alongside us. However, it is also beneficial to create intentional spaces for them to learn the gospel and to have freedom to play and enjoy their friends. This is our simple process to care for kids in weekly missional community discussion times. We generally have our younger children share in the eating and the mealtime, but then separate kids and adults for our 45 minutes times of prayer and discussion times.

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The Limits of Missional Communities

Missional communities as a structure and a discipleship conviction are not a one-stop shop and solution for discipleship. Missional communities are way to organize the sending of the church into the world to be faithful to the commands of Jesus in growing in our devotion to God, one another, and our neighbors. However; many people ask me: “Do missional communities work?” Well, in many areas missional communities don’t.

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Preparing to Launch Your Missional Community

Every missional community has three essential ingredients: qualified and called leaders, a clear mission, and a committed core. Praying for and gaining clarity on these three things is where every missional community leader must begin. Here are just a few diagnostic questions to ask as you launch your missional community.

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Missional Communities Are Also Scattered

Mission is done in community. A community shares the load of the mission of making disciples. It takes a group to demonstrate Jesus to others. A community on mission is not one that talks about it one night a week and then sends everyone to “try” in their independent lives. No, the mission is shared […]

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