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 In those early days, many believed that the desire to be a place where people could belong before they believed superseded the need for formal membership.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 Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 2[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 1

Introduction When I look back on the beginning of our church plant eight years ago, the things which stand out to me in terms of significant turning points for The Evergreen Community all have to do with discernment. As we set out to start a new church community, without benefit of sending church or denomination, Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 1[…]

Some Big Changes…

This week I became something I haven’t been in a long, long time. A part-time pastor. Since we started Evergreen, I’ve been full-time. I embraced the idea of bi-vocationalism if necessary to get the community off the ground, but always counted myself lucky that I was able to devote my energies full-time to our community. Read more about Some Big Changes…[…]

Rain and Shine- Brightest and Darkest Moments in Church Planting

A couple of months ago, I participated in a little conference here in PDX, co-sponsored by the Ecclesia Network and North West Church Planters. It was called Rain and Shine, and the point was to draw together, for two days, a group of church planters who would talk about the brightest and darkest moments they Read more about Rain and Shine- Brightest and Darkest Moments in Church Planting[…]

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. Read more about Ecclesia Church Planter Bootcamp: Aggelos 2011[…]

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 Read more about Why Church Planter Conferences are SO much better than Church Growth Conferences.[…]