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Abundant Gospel Sowing

Photo credit: david a lea (Creative Commons) When I was a new Christian, the group of believers I was part of participated in many forms of evangelism. We were trained by some of the best organizations in the Christian world. We went door-to-door, we distributed tracts, we told people about the Four Spiritual Laws, we… Read More

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5 reasons for us to be missional versus attractional

We learned many lessons from Rosa's story. The whole experience demonstrated very clearly the importance of church being missional, (Luke 10:3) rather than attractional. Here are some of the reasons: Jesus said, "As the Father sent me, so send I you."  If I had failed to obey the impression I had to walk along a certain street,… Read More

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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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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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Should we increase community at the expense of being missional?

I was asked a fascinating question in response to the last couple of blogs on how an inward focused group can become more missional.  Basically the question was: what do you do about mission if there is very little sense of community in your group? Here's a part of my response to the person who… Read More

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Becoming missional by moving into the harvest

In Matthew 5, Jesus says this (verses 14-16): “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way,… Read More

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12 ideas to help an inward-looking group to become missional

In one of the last posts, I looked at why it is important for inward-looking groups to become outward focused. Here are some ideas that might help: Spend time as a church asking God to give you his heart for missions and the people around you. Brainstorm around what unreached groups of people are in… 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