The 4 most common barriers to an outward focus

The 4 most common barriers to an outward focus

An outward focus means looking outside the walls of your own church. It means being more concerned about reaching out and meeting the needs of the community around you than you are about the level of comfort inside the church. For most churches, it’s much easier to...
When the unjust win

When the unjust win

Sometimes the unjust win. It can make you both mad and sad, but the wicked do seem to prosper and the system is set in their favor. That can be very distressing. Our friend Asaph faced that in his prayer recorded in Psalm 73.  This is just a brief excerpt: I encourage...
How can you help your people form missional communities?

How can you help your people form missional communities?

As people come to know Jesus we form them into communities of Jesus-followers—called churches in the New Testament. These are disciple-making communities where people engage all the functions of the church:  worshipping, edifying one another, serving together, using...
How can you help your people engage culture?

How can you help your people engage culture?

One of the major challenges of leading a church is kicking your people out of it. If they are spending all of their time within the church and with other Christians, they’re not out there engaging culture and making disciples. Engaging culture simply means living...
Liturgical AND missional: it’s not either/or

Liturgical AND missional: it’s not either/or

By guest blogger Gary Reinecke, www.infocusnet.org Part 1 of a 3-part series on liturgical churches For the last 20+ years I’ve been working more frequently with liturgical churches. By liturgical, I mean those churches that are trying to incorporate the ancient...