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Imagine being an expectant first-time mother or father taking a parenting class. The instructor starts out talking about early infancy, and all of the pregnant women and their husbands are nodding and taking notes. But then their expressions become increasingly...read more
Learning to do ministry is like learning to ski; we can’t do it in a classroom. There may be certain elements that could be described in a classroom, but any self-respecting ski instructor is going to take you out on the slopes first thing. You start at the lowest...read more
Why do we keep doing it? We try to cram everything someone could possibly someday need to know into their orientation or training. We overload them with information, and their practice doesn’t have a chance to catch up. Essentially, we are educating people beyond...read more
It’s not the kind of thing you want to read over your corn flakes: “1 in 4 Americans can’t think of a recent positive contribution by Christians.” But that’s what was in the paper this morning. Really? Really. I mean, come on—it’s not that hard. Take a meal to someone...read more
Often in churches we use the language of family to describe our relationships with each other. And that description can be helpful in some ways. However in other ways a group of churches that is really moving forward is functioning more as a team than as a family....read more
We tend to believe that for organizational change to take place, we must first get everyone on the same page, ready to move along in the same direction. We will all go together in a big convoy. Until everyone is ready to move, no one moves. While it would be nice to...read more
If you’re a leader and your people aren’t listening to you, it’s quite likely that you’ve trained them not to listen to you. We engage in a pattern of starting something, losing focus, starting something different, and so on. When we behave this way repeatedly, we are...read more
Unless you as a leader personally live missionally, no one else will. People are leader-watchers. Whatever they see leaders doing is what they figure is important, so that’s what they will do. The best part is that you don’t actually have to be good at it. The simple...read more
Living incarnationally, serving others, building relationships… that takes a lot of time. Where can we find it? It’s extremely difficult—if not impossible—to do so when our commitments in the existing church are too extensive. We try to hang onto the old too much,...read more
I recently had a campfire meeting with the leaders of ViaCordis, the church we’re starting. ViaCordis is Latin for “way of the heart”. And we connect with our leaders regularly in what we call “campfires.” I wanted to help the leaders get a clear picture of the...read more
When people want to move toward becoming more incarnational and missional in their ministry, often their chief obstacles are church structures and leadership that is more focused on the institution than on the mission of Jesus. The reality for many of us is: “If I...read more
When I started ViaCordis, I wrote a letter to my long-time supporters and said, “I’m going to be planting a new church. I’m going to be doing it bivocationally. So I would appreciate your encouragement and your prayers, but please don’t send any more money.”...read more