A new season of ministry– whether starting as the pastor of a church, taking a position as a new staff member, accepting a new job, entering a new stage of life such as retirement, or just moving across town—is a place and time to reorient yourself and your team toward a posture of mission before you are pushed to settle in to a rut of expectations and needs. Like me, you may have come from a setting where you were doing cutting-edge stuff, starting dinner churches, pouring into leaders to begin fresh expressions of church, and getting people to think outside the box. But you will remember that did not happen overnight.

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Fall means change—and 2020 will most certainly be no exception. Sure, the days will get shorter, the temps cooler, and deciduous leaves will turn hues of orange, yellow, and red, but in other ways, this Fall, still in the throes and unknowns of pandemic life, will be very different than previous years. This means that […]

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Maybe you remember them too. I remember the days of sitting in the places where my sermon-juices most easily used to start flowing. I remember the plastic booths and tables, background music and conversation, flavored coffee, and chocolate chip bagels. I remember the meetings and lunches and opening the Bible at tables. I remember the […]

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There is a strange freedom that comes with creating the bucket list, as you become less focused on what’s in front of you and more aware of what’s around you. The question is no longer ‘why?’ but ‘why not?

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I remember my first few encounters with Fresh Expressions US, which seem so long ago—but not really… The first was a Vision Day I attended in Northern Virginia as a seminary student in 2012, and the second was the 2013 National Gathering, where I volunteered to do a live-blog each day for the website and […]

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“Excuse me, I didn’t mean to eavesdrop on your conversation, but I wanted you to know I don’t go to church but would go to something like that.” 

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“Tell me, what do you have in your house?” Sometimes people look at me like I have three heads when I share with them what it means to start fresh expressions of church. For some, it’s because the whole idea is difficult to wrap their minds around, but others just don’t know where to start. […]

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For a number of years, the one-stop shop approach seemed to connect. It seemed to deliver.

Until it didn’t.

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1984 was an expectant year—but maybe not in the way you would think. Besides being the title of a popular novel and later film, this was the year that what is unofficially known as the “Bible of American pregnancy” was first published. Its title: What to Expect When You’re Expecting. In its past five printings […]

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Does your church building tend to serve more as a cabin—a place for members to congregate—or as a shelter—a place to deploy people into mission?

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