To Lead Well, Align Well

As my wife and I were preparing to have our first son, Eli, we had to make decisions about our vehicles. The plan was to sell the ’96 red Ford Mustang she had purchased in high school and to purchase a mom-mobile sedan and keep our Nissan Xterra I had been driving since college. Unfortunately, …

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Why Missional Communities Suffer Without Life Transformation Groups

This is part of a series of posts on what a missional community is – check out the others and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Missional Communities are the people of God living out the life of Jesus Christ together. This involves seeking God in prayer and devotion, loving and meeting one …

3 Ways to Make the Bible Central in Missional Communities

This is part of a series of posts on what a missional community is – check out the others and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Last week, I suggested we change the language for Missional Communities, since it mostly communicates what they are not. I’ve heard many people read definitions of Missional …

Changing the Language for Missional Communities

This is the first in a series of posts on what a missional community is - check out the others and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. All too often when I speak with missional community leaders or churches exploring missional communities, I hear about all that missional community is not. …

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 Chief End of Missional Communities

This Sunday, our church concluded a series titled This is Our God. For the past 3 months, we’ve looked at the essence, nature, and character of God. As we ended our series, we spent time looking at responding to God through a special service that included corporate prayer, extended praise and worship, proclaiming our faith …

Missional Community Holes

Obviously I’ve written a lot about missional communities lately, but it must be recognized that missional communities have holes. They don’t solve every problem in the church despite reflecting the nature of Christian community described in the scriptures. The brilliant Todd Engstrom talks about seeing the church as both a collection of missional communities and …

Pursuing Prayerful Mission

How does a church become missional? This seems to be the question that many churches are asking, wondering how a church moves from inwardly focused to externally focused, moving from simply loving one another to extending the love of Christ to the world. A predominant response is to swing the pendulum from a consistent focus …

A Vision for Gospel Communities on Mission

This past Saturday our church had a Covenant Membership class where we explain how the story of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ define our vision and mission as a church. It’s an opportunity to become a partner on ministry committed to caring for our community as our community commits to caring for you. …

Missional Community Fail: When Community Takes Center Stage

So I have told you that I used to hate missional communities and that a church community that puts mission at the center leads people to burnout, kills community, and puts the Great Commission over the greatest commandments. These are things I’ve watched in communities, experienced in my own life, and try to my best …