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The Prophetic Voices We Do NOT Need Right Now

The Prophetic Voices We Do NOT Need Right Now

.playiIt’s not lost on anyone that the Western Church is in a state of upheaval right now with the spread of the novel coronavirus. People are losing their jobs, bills are piling up, church buildings remain empty and church finances are already beginning to creak. ...

6 Predictions that Didn’t Make the Cut

6 Predictions that Didn’t Make the Cut

Recently, I released a 6-month project I worked on with a cultural anthropologist to make 10 Church Predictions for the next 10 Years. All told, we ended with a list of 31 predictions that we felt fairly confident in making. (You can download the PDF here.) But rather...

How your Expertise is KILLING Innovation in your Church

How your Expertise is KILLING Innovation in your Church

 In 1990, a famous study was conducted by a student at Stanford named Elizabeth Newton. She got a group of people together and divided them into two sets: “Tappers” and “Listeners.” Here’s how the study worked: A Tapper was partnered with a Listener and each were...

Top 10 Reasons Spiritual Families Fail

Top 10 Reasons Spiritual Families Fail

Video of the Jesus Pattern Tool There are all different forms that "spiritual family" takes. Some are are really organic and seem to happen by accident, and some are a little bit more organized (things like small groups, Missional Communities, etc). I'm using the term...

Forget Missional. There’s a new ‘M’ word on the Block.

Forget Missional. There’s a new ‘M’ word on the Block.

As many others have stated, it feels like the ‘missional’ hype is a thing of the past. Now I don’t mean to say that our fundamental ecclesiology of participating in what God is already doing in his world is, in any way, shape or form, off. Not at all. Or that this...

How to develop and use War Time Rhythms

How to develop and use War Time Rhythms

For many Christian leaders, a sad reality is that there aren’t the scriptural rhythms of Rest and Work that define their reality. Rather than working from a place of rest, they push and push on work until they are forced (or crash!) into rest.