Michael Beck

“Preacher… this is a really bad idea.” The woman standing in my office stating these words was a matriarch of our congregation; a person of influence, whom I normally looked to for guidance and support. Being that I am a person with a fairly high risk-tolerance, it is insight like hers that often helps me […]

READ MORE
  • 0

What happens when your church starts meeting people who find Sunday morning worship strange, or even alienating? Watch how one Church created a new space to bring the kingdom of God to their new friends. Zion Lutheran describes Dinner Church this way on their website: Dinner Church is worship; prayer; a meal; a time of […]

READ MORE
Joshua Hearne

Honestly, we weren’t prepared for that much bread. It had all started when he called me out of the blue and told me that he worked for a bread company and they wanted to know if we could use some of their “day olds” in our Roving Feasts around downtown and the Northside. Mike had […]

READ MORE
Joshua Hearne

When we gather as a community to pray together, we really gather to do a lot of things. We sing and keep silence. We give thanks for the day fast passing into night, even as we also confess when we have taken it all for granted and when we have sinned. We listen as contemplatively […]

READ MORE
Joshua Hearne

For many of our folks, this was the first time they’d ever attended an “Ash Wednesday” service. After discussing what Ash Wednesday was all about—repentance, recommitment, preparation for the Lenten journey—they were on board, but still didn’t know what to expect. Much time was given to discussing whether it was better to take the ashes […]

READ MORE
Joshua Hearne

“I could probably quit, too, if I really wanted to do it,” Carl told me over one of our many meals together. As a dozen small conversations floated around us, this particular conversation suddenly felt especially important. We were celebrating Bruce’s first full year of sobriety and giving thanks for the good works God had […]

READ MORE

An eight year old who is a fellow church planter and the functional deacon of our church, said to me the other day, “So heaven is where everyone goes to their happy place.” It was stated more than questioned. He is also my son. I went to my happy place (on earth), on January 17, […]

READ MORE
  • 0

Whether you love video games, board games or party games, you’ll love this approach to introducing people to church.

READ MORE
Joshua Hearne

It’s already about twelve minutes after the time we’re supposed to get started when I step out onto the porch. “Five minutes and we’re going to get started, y’all,” I say, knowing full well that I probably mean more like eight or nine minutes. There are cigarettes and cups of coffee to finish and at […]

READ MORE
Jay Smith

When we started Convergence, we didn’t know anything about this concept called “Fresh Expressions.” After all, we started merely a year after Fresh Expressions US was founded in response to the already-present phenomenon growing in England. Some say we were ahead of the curve. Maybe. Sometimes there is a cost to being ahead of the […]

READ MORE