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Organic/missional principles in a legacy environment

Mega churches are starting missional communities in many areas around the country.  (Exponential, the largest conference available for church planters, has several organic church people speaking at the main sessions this year –I've even been asked to take a workshop!) But I  haven't yet heard that many stories from slightly smaller churches.  However, here's a great story… Read More

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Community and mission: facets of the same gem

A number of people have made the comment that community and mission are both facets of the same gem. Both are an integral part of the heart of the Godhead. Tony P. made some excellent comments on the mission/community question:  they are definitely worth repeating in the main part of the blog so more people… Read More

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God uses even tragedy…

Last October we started another simple/organic church.  Initially it was composed of a few family members and a young Indian couple, both from a Hindu background. The husband had already given his life to the Lord, and was being profoundly helped by working at our company.  (Our company hires the "best person for the job,"… Read More

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Do we expect to be missional?

There were some great comments on my last post on whether to create community at the expense of being missional.  I recommend especially clicking through to Chris Jefferies article. I'd also like to respond to a couple of posts about the organic nature of mission.  Few of us enjoy the prospect of programmatic mission, and… Read More

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Why it’s important for a simple/organic/house church to develop an outward focus

A few days ago I posted 6 trends that I see developing and that we will see more of in 2011.  The final one of these is a healthier DNA–more of an outward focus in making new disciples. Both mega- and micro-churches are currently growing mainly at the expense of the mid-sized community churches.  I… Read More

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Church in the marketplace in 2011

Business as mission is widely accepted these days.  The workplace is seen as a fertile ground for witness by Kingdom living.  But I believe we are going to see a new move, and that is of church in the workplace.  Let me give an example from our own situation.  Around 14 years ago, we started… Read More

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Working together to see women taking their full role in the body of Christ

I believe we are on the point of seeing more women reaching their full potential and destiny in the body of Christ during this coming year.  I recently listened to a very interesting TED talk on the changing role of women within society.  You can listen to it here, and it is well worth the… Read More

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Four things the early church did when they gathered and four useful symbols

Jesus spoke far more about the Kingdom than he did about the church.  He demonstrated the Kingdom, taught about it, lived its principles.  Between his resurrection and his ascension, he spent 40 days speaking to his disciples about the Kingdom (Acts 1:3). Then came the Day of Pentecost, when 3,000 became disciples.   What did… Read More

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What is church? Three pictures

In the last post, we described that we are not looking for, "Honey, I shrunk the church," where someone leads from the front and there is pre-organized worship and teaching. But before we look at what a church meeting looks like we need to answer an important question, "What is church?"  All of us know… Read More

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The ultimate source of healing

This post will conclude the series I have written on Kingdom skills: dealing with inner hurts. As I mentioned in the first post on this topic, I spent two years researching the area of inner healing–at least in part because so many people we came across were wounded in various areas.  At the end of… Read More