A single focused conversation

A single focused conversation

One highlight I remember from my time as a foster parent was a particular conversation– brief but meaningful. Heather (not her real name, and not pictured here) was a 14-year-old girl from the inner city and had been with us for less than a year. One evening we...
What we notice and what we don’t

What we notice and what we don’t

Many years ago, Janet and I were foster parents for to a 14-year-old girl from the inner city. At that point, she had spent more time in foster care than she had with her mother. I felt like Janet and I were giving and giving and giving… and not getting anything...
Cultivating missional movements: What’s next for you?

Cultivating missional movements: What’s next for you?

Over this past week, I’ve introduced you to the latest resource developed by myself and Dave DeVries, the Cultivating Missional Movements implementation guide. One of the things I particularly like about this guide is that it begins with numerous self-assessment...
Cultivating missional movements: keep growing

Cultivating missional movements: keep growing

Note: this is the fourth entry in a series on the Cultivating Missional Movements implementation guide. God is not done with you yet. The last of the four stages in cultivating a missional movement is called “keep growing” because we never truly arrive. Using the CMM...
Cultivating missional movements: stay with it

Cultivating missional movements: stay with it

Note: this is the third entry in a series on the Cultivating Missional Movements implementation guide. The third of the four stages in cultivating a missional movement is called “stay with it.” Sometimes it’s easier to get something started than it is to maintain it...
Cultivating missional movements: get going

Cultivating missional movements: get going

Note: this is the second entry in a series on the Cultivating Missional Movements implementation guide by myself and Dave DeVries. The second of the four stages is called “get going.” After you’ve prepared with “get ready,” the next thing to do is to “get going.” What...