Proclamation in Real Life

In light of what the pandemic has exposed – exposed and not created – it’s been apparent that the public space that Jesus used in proclaiming the nearness of the Kingdom of God, the rule and reign of the very presence of God, has been brought closer to us.  Let me explain.  Here in North America, the pandemic has exposed …

A Gospel That Feels Like Good News

When our Gospel is focused merely on the after-life, today’s unchurched find our message irrelevant, and possibly intolerant. In this webinar, discover a clear, field-tested way to present a larger vision of the Gospel — one closer to what Jesus taught. Learn why the big story — including the essential phrases designed for good; damaged by evil; restored for better; and …

Communities on Mission Immersion

A 5-week Praxis Immersion on Multiplying Sent Communities w/ JR Woodward & Eun Strawser About This Immersion Not all missional communities are created equal. Just because we label something missional, doesn’t make it missional. While each missional community is unique, shaped by a distinct team and context, there are key elements that are necessary if a community is going to …

Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil Webinar

What do 105 churches planted in one of the most post-Christian cities in the U.S. have to teach us about the new thing God is doing in our time? Join Rev. Dr. Christopher James, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, as he unpacks five actionable findings from the groundbreaking research behind his book, Church …

The 7 Arenas of Culture

If you took a tally on what Jesus talked most about, we would see that his conversations were oriented around one thing: the Kingdom of God.  He connected how the Son of Man is connected to the Kingdom of God, who is a part of the Kingdom of God, and what the Kingdom of God is like.  And he told …

Multiplying Disciples Over Spectators Immersion

A 5-week Immersion on Constructing a Pathway that Multiplies Disciples Over Spectators w/ Eun Strawser. About this Immersion Are you a Disciple or a Spectator? Are you a Follower of Jesus or a mere Fan? Two of the biggest questions among pastors, church planters, and church leaders are “Have you been discipled?” and “Have you ever discipled someone else?” If …

Dawn Settlement: A Vision of Church as a Business Ecosystem

I was sitting in a “yoga café” on a cold January morning in Ferguson, Missouri with two young men. One was Taylor McCall, whom I’m writing this book with, and another was Jonathan Tremaine Thomas. If the name Ferguson didn’t initially jump out at you, it has become what many now call the birthplace of the modern justice movement in …

Powerful Reflection

As church planters, we may easily get bogged down from the nitty gritty of shaping organizational structures and managing the great work of investing deeply into the individuals in our communities, but there is a key way of pausing in the midst of the work that actually aids in providing wisdom and insight into both our organizational structures and the …

Discipleship, Assimilation, and Relationship

Matthew 28:18-20 is a bedrock concept for every church planter. We all can grasp what it means to make disciples of all the nations. It’s simple to understand, yet one of the hardest components of any church community to put into replicating practice. However, through a western theological lens, this activity often takes on a specific approach. Usually, it means …

Getting Ready For Christmas

At our last community meeting, we started talking about Christmas. Yep, Christmas! It still seems so far away but it needs a little more attention this year as our celebrations will probably look a little different than in previous years. Our churches won’t have Christmas pageants, carol singing or fun family gatherings, most of us won’t be traveling and Tom …