Missional is possible

Missional is possible

Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. I am an advocate of keeping things as simple as possible. One year ago, I observed a church leadership team discussing the perils of developing missional communities in a local congregation. The meeting...
Building Communities of Care

Building Communities of Care

Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. During my time in leadership of a local church of 3,500 people, we decided to create and implement tangible outreach objectives that would impact child welfare and health in our community. Disparities in health...
Does Easter happen outside of the church?

Does Easter happen outside of the church?

Today’s entry is by guest blogger Randy Lovejoy. His new website– www.EnactedPrayers.com— will be going live in August. “He is risen!” said Steve to another man who had just gotten out of one of the teepees which surrounded the common area. “Right”...
Pressing reset to engage the culture

Pressing reset to engage the culture

Today’s blog entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. Recently, I experienced some difficulty accessing information on my laptop. After attempting several times to use the password I had entered previously on the site, it became apparent that the only...
A prayer for mission

A prayer for mission

The Rev. Jonathan Hunnicutt, of The Table Church, sent me this prayer recently and I thought I would share it with you. It is a prayer for mission from Morning Prayer Rite II. 1979 Book of Common Prayer, page 101: Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love...
Opportunity or obstacle?

Opportunity or obstacle?

Sometimes we take a look at a particular neighborhood or subculture and we think it’s really bad… and it may be. But how might God want to redeem or use that area? How can we take the energy we feel and use it constructively? God may very well be at work there. Let’s...
When seeing is the first step

When seeing is the first step

Sometimes when you’re coaching someone and seeking to develop them in their leadership, they run up against some kind of blockage. If you probe a little further into their background, you might find the roots of the blockage. What have they experienced in ministry?...
Where are people gathering?

Where are people gathering?

Church planters talk all the time about the trouble we have gathering people. Yet when we look at it from another perspective, people gather all the time. I heard Jay Pathak speak recently and he asked the question, “Where are people gathering and why?” They gather in...
Pastor to the Community: Discernment

Pastor to the Community: Discernment

By guest blogger Randy Lovejoy, part 2 of 2. As I open the door and walk in I feel the cool air hit my face. It is 8:20am and it is already beginning to heat up in the Echo Park community in Los Angeles. But the air conditioning combined with the sepia colored...
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