As churches re-enter their buildings, things seem less safe and it is much harder to ignore reality. There is no way to not see the roped off pews or the empty seats. Those coming to worship onsite can look around and see “everyone” is not there. There is no way to safely engage in all of the activities from the good old days, making it painfully obvious that if new ways of connecting with people are not determined, the current generation occupying the space within the church may be the last.

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Why are some institutions thriving while others are closing their doors, declaring bankruptcy, and throwing in the towel? Why are some churches missionally prospering while others are experiencing significant decline?

The answer to these questions is an ancient secret, now unveiled afresh for mission on the front lines of a post-COVID world.

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As I was setting up the space within our building for the first onsite worship experience in over six months, I found myself chuckling. This space isn’t our traditional sanctuary. It is a space that has been home to multiple meals, smiles, and different events over the years. It is the only space inside of […]

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I suffer from what one might call “Password-itis.” And I would define it as the inability to remember passwords. Anywhere. Anytime. Of any length. Even when the password is easy to remember. Experts would say a “weak” passwords would be something like this: “love” or “chocolate” or “45678” Notice, all lowercase and words that make […]

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(This article originally on the website of the Fuller Seminary De Pree Center) “If I could retire today, I would,” a pastor told his executive coach recently. But he can’t retire and he wonders how he is going to make it through this most unprecedented moment. As the global pandemic and the economic recession stretch […]

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Here are seven practices for how you can move from hanging out to helping people connect with Jesus.

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This Undivided Life is a podcast that aims to give you real advice to help make life whole again. Troy Mclaughlin, co-host Scott Perkins and guests talk real life. Bypassing simple platitudes and the generic “just love yourself” gibberish, they dive headlong into the challenges pulling us a million different directions. Recently, Fresh Expressions US […]

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If you’re a frustrated Christian looking for a much-needed nudge to talk about the issues you’ve wished to talk about but didn’t think you could, The Sacred Overlap will prove to be a refreshingly hopeful companion. 

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As Christians, we’re called to live with our feet firmly planted in two different worlds: heaven and also earth. Jesus called his followers to pray the Lord’s prayer. That powerful line – your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – is the overlapping world Jesus wants us to […]

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In a few weeks, I will be teaching a 4-session course on Cultural Intelligence for the Fresh Expressions Resilient Church Academy. This is my area of research and expertise and I love it! But so many are still not yet aware of how knowing culture can really benefit them. Culture is simply the way we […]

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