But How Do We Love Our Neighbors?
Gospel Care in the City
But How Do We Love Our Neighbors?
“Mission is not ours; mission is God’s. Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in. Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world but that God has […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.