The Great Commission of Doubters

For all the bravado in our Christian churches to be missional, to make disciples of all nations, I feel like the pep rally is growing louder and louder to be missional discipling churches but I find myself more and more doubtful of our noise. It was Jesus who gave us the Great Commission when he said […]

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SmallGroup.com Customizable Small Group Studies – Yes!

Some friends of mine at Lifeway publishing have created a new tool for all Small Group Directors/Pastors/Point Leaders. Now, pre-prepared content is available to browse in a long list of categories for your small group ministry. Lifeway has been producing Biblical content for many years and are making their library available in an online platform for churches and […]

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What Bamboo Teaches Us About Small Group Multiplication

Bamboo is a fascinating grass. It resembles many of the aspects of a healthy church community that is multiplying spiritually. Characteristics of Bamboo Growth Bamboo produces new canes (culms) in the spring. These shoots emerge out of the ground and grow in height and diameter for around 60 days. During this 60-day period, it will […]

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Church Growth. Or Missional Church Growth?

How does rapid population growth in a city affect local church growth? Austin, TX is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in the last decade. The 2000 US Gov’t Census of Austin, TX had 1,249,763 people living in the greater Austin area.  The 2010 US Gov’t Census data shows 1,716,289 people now living in […]

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Relational Voice and Small Group Ethos for Post-Christian People

If you are a church that is missionally living in the culture then you must be prepared for who you will meet. And they might not like you.  People living in the city of Austin, TX are pretty sure most Christians are hateful, narrow minded, intolerant, judgmental, hypocritical and uninformed people. This is the current […]

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Individualism, Community, and Cheering the Loss of Love – Something’s Wrong

Everyone, applause, it’s ‘just’ a divorce. After someone hears Cal crying in the bathroom – everyone in the office thought he had cancer. The good news. It’s just a divorce. Thank God. Smiles. Congratulations.  Thunderous applause. He has been saved from the physically excruciating struggle of cancer. Wow, that was close…Cal only loses a relationship…that’s […]

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Network: Missional Community [video]

A Network is a community on mission. When a committed core of Christ followers is localized in a neighborhood, or among an affinity of people, they become missionaries to the people around them. This community on mission doesn’t sell all of their belongings and move to some hard to say place in the world…instead they […]

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Loneliness and the Decline of Connections in the Digital Age

This video titled THE INNOVATION OF LONELINESS is an excellent review of relationships in the digital age. Could it be that our digital conversations are falsely leading us to believe we are connected, when in reality we are becoming more isolated? How do our digital conversations edit our personal content and images…so that we minimize […]

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