John 17 and Denominationalism (Part 3)

John 17 is a call for cross-denominational ministry. There are a number of reasons why we don’t participate, but are you ready to lay them aside?

You Can’t Taste The Rainbow, But You Can Eat Skittles: A Review of “Church Planter”

This book is like that candy: it’s got terrible marketing, but it’s great inside!

Reflections on Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”

I had never read Malcolm Gladwell before this book, though I had heard great things about his writing and research. It didn’t seem, however, on the surface, that he would have anything particularly relevant for me in my particular discipline. Then I heard him speak at the Catalyst Conference in 2009 and seemed confirmed in my suspicions […]

The Importance of New Perspectives

I once heard Mark Driscoll say that if your book shelves looked like you just bought out some publishing house then you may have too narrowly limited your sphere of influence. What he meant was if all your resources are from the same publishers, same authors, same perspective then you may be limiting your perspectives […]

Defining Unity for Your Leadership Team

Pastor Mark Driscoll writes, “Unity is gained slowly and lost quickly and therefore must be labored for continually. Unity is so important that Jesus often prayed for it and Paul repeatedly commands it.”[1] Along with laboring for unity and praying for it, Driscoll also states that teams must define unity. He writes, “Unity must be […]

Missional Leadership, Part 7

If you do any general survey of Missional literature this word “organic” comes up everywhere. We see it in the language of cultivation. We see it in the discussion of the church as a people (over and against a building). We see it in the discussion of gardening and pruning. We see it even in […]

Missional Leadership, Part 6

Previous models of church leadership sought to generate programs and strategies that had specific applications and required specific methods. The members then would hop on board this program and follow it to the letter, until it ran its course. Then they would wait for the next program to come along. What this leads to is […]

Missional Leadership, Part 5

An important point needs to be made at this juncture, however: just because the church as a whole (congregation and leadership) have embraced the vision does not mean that the life of mission will directly result. It is a crucial step in the process of constructing a Missional church, but it is not the final […]

Missional Leadership, Part 4

  What this means for leaders is that time must be spent getting to know a congregation, understanding its strengths and weaknesses, determining its values and passions. It also means analyzing your cultural context. What needs are reflected in your community, who lives there, what do they think about the church, etc.? From within this […]

Missional Leadership, Part 3

The first step in the process of bringing a church to embrace the Missional philosophy is to establish a clear vision of the church rooted in Scripture and the Missional principle of every-member-a-missionary. Will Mancini has keenly observed that many Missional churches, in their abandonment of some of the seeker-sensitive and modern church methods have […]