Form vs. function

Instead of thinking about what meetings people are going to, think about how a disciple lives. There are processes and there are behaviors. By focusing on the behaviors (the function) instead of the processes (the form), we get the results we are looking for. Let’s...

The big picture of the missional journey

As we encourage our people to engage culture, they will form missional communities. Out of those missional communities, we will develop leaders. With those leaders, we will multiply movements. These four areas together make up what I call “the missional journey.”...

Anger management

Recently I’ve started teaching a class on anger management for teenage moms at a local high school. Parenting is hard enough even when you have all you need.  Doing it under less than ideal circumstances is even more challenging.  There are some young women taking...

Lost in translation

When the Chevy Nova was released in Latin America, it didn’t sell well at all.  Turns out that Nova in Spanish—or “no va”—means “it doesn’t go.”  Not a good name for a car. No wonder sales were dismal. In the same way, when you are doing ministry in another culture,...

Presence ministry

Early on in his ministry, Ray Bakke realized that if he was to be a true urban pastor he would have to live among those he ministered to. As a result he and his family have lived for many decades in rented apartments in inner city Chicago. John Hayes, who lives among...

Want to stimulate missional discussion? Push the easy button

Did you know that we’ve begun offering recorded webinars that you can download and use with your team? The first one—Getting your Ministry Moving in a Missional Direction—provides you with fresh ideas and practical planning. Designed for interaction, the webinar can...