Active Christian Media Interview

June 29, 2007 | Comments Off

This seems to be the week for interviews. Yesterday I had the privilege of being interviewed by Stacy Harp, President of Active Christian Media for her regular podcast. We spent about a half hour chatting about Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging Group Members. Although the telephone quality wasn’t all I [...]

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Restoring Community

June 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

Tina at SpaghettiPie reflects on the meaning and purpose of community in three posts. In the first she talks about what authentic community means and ponders how to achieve it. She says (as I have often said), We were created to be relational, and we were created to be in community. I long for true [...]

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Live Radio Interview

June 25, 2007 | Comments Off

I’m doing a live radio interview with Lorri Allen Tuesday morning at 6:30 am (4:30 my time!) on “Mornings with Lorri & Friends” on Family Net Radio. You can find it on Sirius Satellite Channel 161, a listener-supported ministry designed to engage, inform and care about those traveling the high road! Join us if you [...]

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The Present Future-Part 7

June 23, 2007 | Comments Off

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number Six: the Rise of Apostolic Leadership Wrong Question: How Do We Develop Leaders for Church Work? “If church work is not getting the job done, why do we continue to train leaders to do it better?” Apostolic leaders in the first and twenty-first [...]

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The Present Future-Part 6

June 21, 2007 | Comments Off

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number Five: The Shift from Planning to Preparation Most of what has ultimate effect on the church happens outside of it and outside of its control. Wrong Question: How Do We Plan for the Future? “Incrementalism as an anticipatory strategy is dead…. The better [...]

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The Present Future-Part 5

June 19, 2007 | Comments Off

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number Four: The Return to Spiritual Formation “We have turned our churches into groups of people who are studying God as though they were taking a course at school or attending a business seminar. We aim at the head. We don’t deal in relationships. [...]

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The Present Future-Part 4

June 17, 2007 | Comments Off

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number Three: A New Reformation: Releasing God’s People “The first Reformation was about freeing the church. The new Reformation is about freeing God’s people from the church (the institution). Both Reformations have been fueled by an information revolution.” “… church members no longer have [...]

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The Present Future-Part 3

June 15, 2007 | Comments Off

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number Two: The Shift from Church Growth to Kingdom Growth With rare exception the “growth” [in the church growth movement] was the cannibalization of the smaller membership churches by these emerging superchurches. “Consequently, a large part of the leadhip of the North American church [...]

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The Present Future—Part 2

June 13, 2007 | Comments Off

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number One: The Collapse of the Church Culture “The current church culture in North America is on life support. It is living off the work, money, and energy of previous generations from a previous world order. The plug will be pulled wither when the [...]

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The Present Future—Part 1

June 11, 2007 | Comments Off

Our church recently went through the book The Present Future by Reggie McNeal. We’re committed to becoming more missional, and that means changes from top to bottom. My husband and I enjoyed a class devoted to studying the book and while I always enjoy learning something new, I experienced the most amazing feelings about the [...]

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