ABC Buys Spiritual Drama From ‘Lost’ Exec Producer... →
Rob Bell, author of Love Wins and founder of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI, announced last week that he was leaving Mars Hill to pursue his next call. And yesterday we got a glimpse at what part of that call might be in this article out of Hollywood. Rob has always been a ground-breaker when it comes to sharing the gospel (like his Nooma video series, “concert” preaching tour,...
Church from Scratch: They come or we go? (by Incarnate Network) ”It’s time to stop starting with church and to start starting with going out in mission …”
Church as Country Club -- Scot McKnight →
The Suck Will Be Less… -- Carlos Whittaker →
Carlos Whittaker is an artist, pastor, thinker, worship leader, and “experience architect.” This is a very poignant piece. I had to share it.
A Story of One MC [missional community] by Seth... →
Two questions that I get asked a lot: What does it really mean to be ‘missional’? What do missional communities actually do? First, ‘missional’ is an adjective that describes an incarnational way of being in the world. It is an identity—not a given set of activities. So missional communities do a whole lot of things that are focused on joining God’s work in...
Interactive map: 30 years of census data - The... →
This is really interesting. Take time to poke around, especially in the “Percent Change” category and see what is happening to the population county by county—or state by state. What does this say to the Church?
Top Issues Church Planters Face Archives - Ed... →
I’ve posted each of Ed Stetzer’s blogs regarding the LifeWay research on the top issues that church planters face, but here is a link to the full archive. The full report is also available for downloading in a .pdf form on the site.
The Vigorous Virtues - David Brooks - -... →
This is a very different sort of op-ed piece than I normally post here, but David Brooks makes a good argument for the complexity involved in our “national decline”, and the complexity which will be needed if we are to do anything to stem the tide. What he doesn’t mention, though it would be a simple addition for some of us to make, is the role of the Church in this process. Can...
Stepping Down as Pastor of Courageous Church →
I have followed Shaun King’s church planting journey from the time that he first began posting about his dream for Courageous Church in Atlanta. I have deep respect and admiration for this man. He is bold, courageous, committed, missional and imaginative. Last winter and spring he began to move the congregation of Courageous Church into an entirely new pattern of being and doing...