Good & Bad Messiness in Missional Communities

Every community faces messy seasons where things are not perfect in the community. This is true in group therapy, where they call this the storming phase of group development, and this is true of every small group in the church. This is an important phase for a community and especially for a missional community in …

The Life Cycle of a Missional Community

At the beginning of each new season of Community Groups at Apostles Church, we gather together as leaders to re-focus on the gospel and our core values while also highlighting important points of emphasis for the season. Back in January we gathered for 3 hours, had amazing conversation, shared a meal and communion with one …

The Source of Gospel Enjoyment

Gospel enjoyment is centering on and celebrating the finished work of Jesus Christ in His life, death and resurrection. Gospel enjoyment recognizes that you only live for what you love, so for the Christian or anyone else for that matter, we must evaluate if we love what is most lovely. The good news of Jesus …

Filling the Missional Community Holes

On Wednesday, I wrote about how the church needs more than missional communities because the nature of these gospel-centered communities on mission are limited. While they are able to accomplish much in the area of discipleship and life transformation, they can be lacking when it comes to theological training, counseling, discipleship, and family equipping. As …

Does mission lead naturally to community?

I’ve been wrestling with a statement by someone I respect immensely and who has influenced my missiology greatly. The statement is: “When we are all working on mission, community happens naturally. When we're working on community, mission gets lost somewhere.” I think this statement challenges the status quo for 95% of churches in America. The …

Lessons in Evangelism – Community Evangelism

In my last post in this series, I dealt more with a personal evangelism method (Questioning Evangelism) which is where most of us find ourselves when we seek to declare the gospel at work, in our neighborhood or apartment. It’s also how we’ve come to view and teach evangelism. It has become a personal responsibility that …

Lessons in Evangelism – What?

Last week I began a series, Lessons in Evangelism, dealing with how God has changed me over the last 6 months. I’m not a televangelist, though sometimes I look like Joel Oesteen with a curly-haired mullet, and I’m not even remotely considered an evangelist, but the last 6 months I’ve made an effort to do …

Lessons in Evangelism: Why? Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I started what I hope will be a series about evangelism titled Lessons in Evangelism, because I feel like the last 6 months God has been teaching me various lessons in Evangelism which have changed the way I view evangelism and changed the way I evangelize. I’m starting with the motivation behind why we …

Lessons in Evangelism: Why? Part 1 of 2

Over the last 6 months, the Lord has put me through a crash course in Evangelism, not an actual class, but learning through my life discussing Jesus with people who don’t know Him. Evangelism simply defined is sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not share these views as …