Start with listening prayer

Yesterday, our house church spent time in listening prayer. We asked God questions and waited quietly to sense the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Questions raised included ones like: Lord, what should be be asking you? What have you already shown us? Where are...

Where do you find the time?

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,...

Measuring the fruit

When I posted last time about rethinking church subsidies, I mentioned investing in leaders that have fruit rather than just potential. Some readers wondered how I would define fruit. Many of us are rightly skeptical of a system that counts success as full pews and...

Missio Intensive

This week I am taking part in the Missio Intensive in Denver. Here’s the link in case you don’t know what that is. I’m helping facilitate the breakout groups, and can I just say that I love this stuff? I love the part where after getting some great...

Who am I serving?

I recently went on vacation to Greece. No wonder Paul wrote that Cretans were gluttons – there are some excellent restaurants on the island of Crete. (Titus 1:12-13) But the one question that kept coming to mind while I was there was, "Who am I...

Seeing beyond trends

I've been involved in the church planting field in one way or another for well over 30 years now. I've seen a lot of trends come and go, and I've tried many of them myself. I've seen new ideas grow old without standing the test of time, and I've...