Jon Davis

[Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” —Mark 6:31, NIV The pace of life is faster, more hectic, and more intense than ever before. For many of us, the demands on our time and the pressures we face are incredible. In recent years, we have […]

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Luke Edwards

When I first wandered into the wilderness of starting a new form of church, all I had was a Bible and a sense that something new was needed in our community. As our wild little church began to form, I looked desperately for others who had walked this path before me. By the grace of […]

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Michael Beck

This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. Being innovators, who help people, churches, and systems, reach forward to grasp the rope of hope God has sent from the future is not easy […]

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Shannon Kiser

At the National Gathering in March, several questions were submitted to a Pioneer Panel that did not get asked in person. So we are continuing to offer blog posts to respond to your questions and concerns. “When does relevance become an idol?” When does anything become an idol? When it replaces God’s rightful place in […]

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Luke Edwards

It’s not often a tweet stops me in my tracks. A few weeks back, doctoral candidate, Joy Clarkson, wrote, “When someone hasn’t read a classic book, I always try to say ‘Oh! What a treat you have ahead of you!’ rather than ‘I can’t believe you haven’t read this!’ because no one wants to be […]

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Michael Beck

Pioneering is a tough job, but someone has to do it! This is a continuation of another post I wrote about physical health. This article will address another important factor in pioneering and frontline ministry, emotional health. Sustainability, healthy boundaries and intentional spiritual disciplines precede and undergird any conversation about keys to effective pioneering. My goal […]

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Gray Swindell

Fresh Expressions must be undergirded by intercession and intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Here is a  current facebook post written by Gray Swindell, explaining the nature of prayer, and how we can win the battle against Satan’s schemes. Click here to learn more about the Ananias Project. The idea that this world is a playground […]

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Luke Edwards

At last year’s Thanksgiving dinner my three year old nephew prayed, “Dear God, teach us to be good listeners.” Undoubtedly, it was a prayer picked up from Sunday School teachers desperate for some semblance of sanity, yet it’s been my favorite prayer since. I think everyone just assumes they’ve been listening correctly, but I’ve spent the […]

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Matt Hill

“Don’t be nervous. The worst thing they can say is no.” My mom used to tell me that every year when fundraising time would come around. It didn’t matter what team I was playing for, what I was selling, or who I was trying to sell something to–I hated sales. The anxious feeling of approaching […]

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Shannon Kiser

A friend of mine loves chemistry…actually majored in it in college. My daughter did not enjoy high school chemistry AT ALL. What’s the difference? It’s not just that one is wired to like science and the other to hate it. The difference is: my friend learned chemistry in an era of lots of hands-on experiments […]

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