Starting Missional Churches – An Interview with Mark Lau Branson

There are a number of good books on church planting. You can see my top ten list here. I would put Mark Lau Branson and Nicholas Warnes’ Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood in my top books on church planting for a couple of reasons: First, Mark and Nick deconstruct current unhelpful practices of church planting, or planting (the gospel) …

Fail – An Interview with J.R. Briggs

“J.R. Briggs goes beyond giving us a robust theology of failure, he opens his veins and shares his life. He calls us to be faithful not efficient, to live vulnerably without shame. He gives us grace-filled opportunities to be our true selves. If you are a pastor, you need this book!” That was my endorsement of J.R. Briggs recent book, …

Purple Fish – An Interview with Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson’s new book Purple Fish, written on the topic of evangelism, was just released last month. I had the chance to read it early, and here is my endorsement of the book. “Are you reluctant to share your faith? Do you lack motivation to lead people to Christ? Prescription: Read Purple Fish. Mark Wilson takes us on a fishing trip and …

JR Woodward's Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice bucket challenge is for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS has raised 62.5 million from July 29th to August 23rd, which is quite a bit more than last year during that same time period – 2.4 million. Since I was challenged by two people I get to challenge six people. My challenge goes out to Alan …

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Top Ten Books on Church Planting

One of the most frequent questions I get from church planters is: What do you recommend as the best books for church planters to read? As an avid reader who has planted churches on the East Coast and the West Coast, and a person who is devoted full time to helping equip church planters, this is a difficult question to …

Special Announcement: V3 Partner – Asbury Theological Seminary – Offers New Master of Arts Degree with Specialization in Church Planting

I’m glad to announce that Asbury Theological Seminary, one of V3’s partners, is introducing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a specialization in Church Planting degree in the fall of 2014. The beauty of this degree is that it allows you, the practitioner, to remain in your city where you are planting, while you pursue your Master’s Degree. …

Hirsch & Catchim's "The Permanent Revolution": A Review

An article by JR Woodward In this literary review of Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim’s The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church, I will give my understanding of the basic thesis of the book, then share my thoughts, highlighting the parts of the book that I found helpful and want to remember. Following will be my critique, and …

Five Environments For a Thriving Missional Community

This article is based on my book, Creating a Missional Culture. Download a free chapter here. One of the most overlooked elements to making missional disciples is recognizing how the culture of our group shapes us. It either pulls us down toward our base instincts or lifts us up to our redemptive potential. We create culture and culture in turn …

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Discipleship and the Four Spaces of Belonging

In my most recent book, I ask, “What would the church look like if everyone in the church used their God-given gifts and talents to equip the rest of the church in such a way that the entire church became more like Jesus?”  For if the whole church looked and lived more like Jesus, how much more would our neighborhoods …

The Cultural Web and the Neighborhood Church

After taking some time to use the cultural web to exegete the neighborhood within the city, the same cultural web can be helpful to discern how to be the church in your context. In Creating a Missional Culture, I mention that if we are going to have churches where the community more fully reflects the character and ministry of Christ, …