Let Go of Your Ideals

  One of the first things I talk to couples about as we sit down for pre-marital counseling is letting go of their ideals. Not necessarily their ideals about what marriage can be, but their ideal versions of each other. Most, but not all of us, approach dating and potential marriage with a list of[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 2

Personal Context One of the earliest decisions we made as a community was that we would not have “formal” membership. In those early days, many believed that the desire to be a place where people could belong before they believed superseded the need for formal membership. This meant, though, that we were for all intents[…]

Ecclesia Church Planter Bootcamp: Aggelos 2011

A theological and practical trajectory for missional church planting aggelos is unique in comparison to other church planters training opportunities available. First, there will not be hundreds of people here. More than likely, there will be somewhere between 20-30. This means plenty of room for dialog, conversation, and questions amidst all of the planned training.[…]

Why Church Planter Conferences are SO much better than Church Growth Conferences.

I’ve been incredibly blessed over the last couple of months to be able to attend two gatherings of Church Planters. The first was the Ecclesia Network‘s National Gathering and the second has been Christian Associates International‘s Leadership Summit. I’ll blog more in depth about both soon, but for now- it’s got me thinking about why[…]