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?

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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 […]

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Good Reading

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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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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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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