Is Your Church Plant Just a Celebrity Fan Club?

To be a church planter, you need to have vision to see something that doesn’t exist yet. You also need to organize your life around the goal of seeing that vision become a reality. There are a million temptations along the way, mostly having to do with trying to take control of the process, attempting to make things happen instead …

A Methodology for Discerning Impact: The Most Significant Change

Two to four years into a church plant? How do you know the church is making a difference? Courageous enough to seriously ask? How do we know our ministries—whether preaching, outreach, serving the poor, children’s programs, or life groups—make a difference? Measuring impact tends to be elusive and often downright avoided, especially in Christian circles. In this blog, however, I …

4 Pressing Needs in Rural Communities and How the Church Should Respond

This year, the Praxis Gathering will be making an intentional effort to expand our conversation to include urban, suburban and rural environments and church plants. Here’s Jonathan Davis on his perspective as a minister in rural America. To hear more from him, sign up for the Praxis Gathering 2017 HERE. While the cultures may be vastly different, rural churches seemingly …

How to Overcome the Trap of Loneliness

“I’m so lonely. I don’t have any friends who understand what I am doing.” I don’t know how many times I have heard variations of this statement from young church planters who feel isolated and overwhelmed struggling alone in a hostile environment. Some leave their fledgling churches feeling they have failed in their vocation. Others struggle constantly with depression, anxiety …

Praxis Gathering 2017: Kyuboem Lee

We’re proud to announce that Kyuboem Lee, church planter, minister, educator and more, will be joining us at the Praxis Gathering 2017. If you’d like to be there too, make sure you click HERE to register. About Kyuboem Lee Kyuboem Lee (BA Biblical & Theological Studies, MDiv Urban Mission, DMin Urban Mission) was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised …

Praxis Gathering 2017: Meet Tim Soerens

Praxis is happy to announce Tim Soerens will be joining us at the 2017 Gathering. Tim is a writer, social entrepreneur, ministry leader, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. To learn how you can attend Praxis ’17, click HERE to access the late registration. About Tim Soerens Tim Soerens is a social entrepreneur, ministry leader, and co-founding director of the …

The Difficult Reality of Being Present in Your Neighborhood

Passionate about loving and serving your neighborhood? Come to Praxis 2017! Sign up HERE. One night, within weeks after moving to our home in a neighborhood in South Philadelphia, my wife and I heard gunshots. Glancing out our bedroom window, I saw men cowering in fear in the parking lot across the street from our home.  A man lay bleeding …

Multicultural Church Planting in a Racially Divided America

Violence at the recent white supremacists’ demonstration at Charlottesville, Virginia alarmed Americans of all races across our country.  I suspect many are surprised to learn that white supremacist, fascist and Nazi movements are all rapidly growing in America. Christians of all cultures are having to ask the important question: As followers of Jesus, how we can be agents of racial …

Praxis 2017: Meet Doug Logan

We’re thrilled to announce that Pastor Doug Logan, aka. Dee Lowg, will be join us at the Praxis Gathering 2017. Here’s a little about him, and don’t forget to register for the Gathering HERE. About Doug Doug Logan serves as Lead Pastor of Epiphany Camden. Doug and his wife Angel have been married since 1996 and have three adult sons …

Praxis Gathering 2017: Meet Christiana Rice

About Christiana Christiana Rice is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer with Thresholds, a community of player-coaches who help people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. She leads a neighborhood faith community in San Diego. Christiana grew up in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter and granddaughter of missionaries. …