I’m on my third attempt to start a new church. Attempt number 1 was in 2006 when I was only 23 years old. Like a lot of things from that season of my life, it was haphazard and didn’t pan out. I tried a different approach in another city for a few years, and then […]

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If you are going to start a new church, you need a good reason why. It’s not enough to need a new job (your new church may never be able to pay you) or because your denomination is declining. A church is a community of women and men who are “prophetic.” By embodying a different […]

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No one ever wants to be identified as a hipster. Especially hipsters. I came to peace with my unavoidable hipster-ness in June of 2011. It was already over 100 degrees in the nation’s seventh most hipster neighborhood, East Austin. I was listening to NPR when I decided to ride my bike to a coffee shop. […]

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It’s been a few weeks now since attending the Fresh Expressions National Gathering AND: Being the Church at Church at Home and Everywhere in Between. Despite being involved with Fresh Expressions as our Content Manager and knowing the team for years, this National Gathering was my first, and I can tell you that I’m better […]

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The other day a friend asked me what my “philosophy of ministry” was. My answer was simple: put it on the calendar. You can go on and on about theology and philosophy and systems and blah-blah-blah. The fact is that what you value is pretty easy to measure. Just look at how people spend their […]

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“The fact is, we’ll never be able to out-entertain the surrounding world.” The words came from a frustrated youth minister friend. They could have come from anyone who’s ever tried to organize a church worship service. For Austin Mustard Seed, nestled in the live music capital of the world, we know that we’ll never have the […]

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The Fresh Expressions National Gathering, AND: Being the Church at Church at Home and Everywhere In Between begins Thursday! If you have not registered yet, what are you waiting for? Just go here. If you can’t make it to the gathering, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @FreshExpressionsUS and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FExpressionsUS, […]

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  Why do most stories of “successful people” seem full of struggle, despair and burnout? Why do churches and church people, become so inwardly focused that they don’t know how to interact with outsiders? The Myth and the Journey The myth of the successful person is that they made stunning sacrifices for their dream. They […]

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Over ten years ago, I decided that starting new churches, especially fresh expressions of church was where the action was. I decided to participate in these churches and prepare myself to lead them as well. I joined a young church, read books, listened to podcasts and hung out with people who had started churches before. […]

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For Christian leaders, especially those committed to established churches and denominations, it might be hard to be thankful these days. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the media about the reality of the “nones and the dones.” There’re a lot of “old standards,” whether they be events, sermons or songs, that just don’t […]

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