leading and coaching communities
All Things New, Even Us
by Brad A. Watson on 12 Feb, 2018
This good news contains both the power for change and the purpose of life. Its power comes from the dynamic of faith (or trust)—the way in which receiving the free love of God in trusting Jesus simultaneously empties our hands from our own destructive attempts to make ourselves right, and fills them with an unassailable identity as God’s beloved children
The Good News About Sin, Death, and Evil
by Brad A. Watson on 05 Feb, 2018
The gospel is the good news that Jesus defeated sin, death, and evil. Sin is the truth that is so difficult to deny and so easy to prove: all humans fail to be human.
Are You Qualified to Lead A Missional Community?
by Brad A. Watson on 28 Jan, 2018
In our years of starting, multiplying, and leading gospel communities in Portland and Los Angeles, we have seen this list as the prerequisite for being a good missional community leader. People who possess these qualities lead their own lives and communities well.
Tips For Your Community Gathering
by Brad A. Watson on 02 Apr, 2017
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
by Brad A. Watson on 02 Mar, 2017
“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 […]
How a Refugee Family Changed Our Community
by Brad A. Watson on 29 Jan, 2017
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.