Most Christians live in the ordinary everyday world, working, making a living, raising families, paying taxes, contributing to society and culture, getting along, doing their bit. But in what sense is the life of believers living in the “ordinary” realm – what we call the public square – part of the mission of God’s people?
We have a lot of enthusiasts as it relates to holiness, we have a lot of enthusiasts as it relates to stewardship, we have a lot of enthusiasts as it relates to Bible knowledge and theology, but what I’ve found is that we have very few experts, very few practitioners. John O. shares why we need experts.
Mike Breen looks more at that idea of fruitfulness and why we should put all of our time, attention and energy into it.
Mike Breen shares a state of the evangelical union telling where we've been in the past year and ideas of what the future holds.
Hugh Halter discusses finding a balance between gathering for church and scattering for church.
When one looks at “fully formed disciples” you’ll have to look back to the Scriptures and start asking some questions, or at least see how God has always formed his people and for what reason.
Mike Breen discusses what size has to do with mission.
Seth McBee shares what he has found out, practically, about the devil as he has tried to live out the mission of making disciples in his suburban neighborhood.
Mike Breen discusses what’s missing from the missional conversation.
God’s Word commands us to teach our children how to love the Lord (Deut. 6) and train them in his discipline and instruction (Ephesians 6:4). Luma Simms shares on finding Christ in the family room
Recently, though, Noah has felt a tug to uproot from Austin and his tight network here to follow Jesus to his new home, in a nation thousands of miles away where he knows almost no one - except the Lord.
1. DON'T EXPECT EVERYONE TO "GET IT" This is where leaders get hung up a lot: they read a book (like Total Church), go to a conference (like Verge), develop a man crush on a leader (like Jeff Vanderstelt), ... More...
We've been doing Missional Communities for years and years, and in that time, we've always tried to boil it down to the most essential ingredients to help pass it on to others.
Are our development programs about releasing leaders to the missional frontier? Or, more likely, are they about recruiting volunteers to keep the machine of the church running?
In the bid for excellence and in the process of building well-run and professional organisations, I wonder if something has been missed.
The secrets to community are based on understanding how God created the church to exist and function. What could happen if our groups learned to live them out?
What we need is a way of making and moving people so that as we make disciples, we release them into their destiny of pushing into new Kingdom-frontier. Church-as-Corporation doesn't do this.
Is there a more fruitful way to disciple than simply giving all we can to as many as possible? Find out in the Part 4 of this series on disciple-making.