The Ecology of the Gathering

The design of a space is never neutral; it always communicates some specific value. For example, what does it say about someone’s values if they set their living room T.V. off in a corner, while all the furniture is turned towards a window looking out into the backyard? The way a room is set up communicates certain values. Physical spaces …

WHY CHURCH PLANTERS NEED COACHING

I remember the first morning I woke up after I had moved to Syracuse, NY. My family had spent the previous year discerning the Spirit’s voice with friends, family and our faith community. My wife and I had served in full-time vocational ministry for 15 years, and we were sensing a growing call to start a new faith community in …

5 Steps for Creating a Discipleship Pathway

Here in upstate NY we have this beautiful region for climbing called “The Gunks”. The Gunks come to mind when considering discipleship. They are one of America’s premier climbing areas. It’s just minutes from New Paltz, a funky college town, and 85 miles from New York City. Climbing here is characterized by huge rock roofs that shoot over the trails, …

The V3 Movement Partners with the Inhabit Conference

At the V3 Church Planting Movement we get the question all the time “Why do we need to plant more churches?” It is a valid question. Certainly in most cities we can see a church edifice every couple miles and in some cities every few blocks. It might appear we don’t need any new churches. Additionally, the church currently does …

Church as Movement, Not Industrial Complex

If you wear glasses, you know when it’s time to get a new pair. Your vision is getting increasingly blurry, and traffic lights are a little hard to see. So you go to the eye doctor, get tested for a new prescription and get sized for a new pair. The moment you place that new pair of glasses on, you …

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Why Wait?

In this season of Advent we learn about waiting. Waiting is painful. It brings anxiety and sometimes causes us to wonder where God is or if he cares. The prophet Malachi spoke of the Messiah’s coming in an eponymous Old Testament book: I have loved you, saith the LORD…Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Is the Church of the Future Dependent on Magnetic Personalities?

Dan White Jr. is Movement Developer and Coach for The V3 Movement. His new book, Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness is now available. The following excerpt is part of a free chapter you can download here. God had been taking a jackhammer ever so gently to the foundation of my ecclesiology, which was rattling the bones of my …