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The Future of Discipleship

The Future of Discipleship

About once a quarter, Catapult invites five thought leaders (and practitioners) to share their insights around the same five questions, all geared around a certain topic. The topic this quarter? The Future of Discipleship. In almost every way we can measure, and every...

Screen Addiction, Discipleship & the new AA

Screen Addiction, Discipleship & the new AA

Well I just finished leading a session at the "Future of the Church Summit" with Exponential and I wanted to share one idea I shared there. In fact, it's one that I've been thinking about for the last 18 months. ...but before I get there, let me set the stage about...

The Fatal Flaw of Discipleship Strategies

The Fatal Flaw of Discipleship Strategies

I've probably spent the last 15 years of my life trying things in the local churches I've led or with leaders I'm coaching or walking alongside to help them innovate discipleship strategies. And more recently at Catapult, we've been piloting some new strategies to...

How we got 10,000+ Leaders in Coaching Groups

How we got 10,000+ Leaders in Coaching Groups

When we started the COVID-19 coaching groups, Daniel Yang, Todd Milby, and I were hoping we’d have somewhere between fifty churches join in. As we continued to talk with leaders of other networks, we began to realize the number might be a little bigger, but our...

The Prophetic Voices We Do NOT Need Right Now

The Prophetic Voices We Do NOT Need Right Now

It’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.  Largely,...

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 ToolThere 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...