Gannon Sims

Starting a New Community? Follow the New Commandment. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. This sentence in John’s gospel is called the new commandment. It’s core to Jesus’s teaching and it’s core to building communities that look and act like Jesus. The action—as I have loved, so you must—is what […]

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Emily Daly

“In the Hebrew language, the word for ‘God provides’ can also be said, ‘God sees’ and I think there’s a connection between what we’re willing to see of God’s work around us and God’s provision. We have to look for the ways that God is in our world, and if we’re not looking, we can’t […]

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Emily Daly

Durham, North Carolina– It’s Palm Sunday. You stand in rows outside with your fellow gardeners, waving leaves over a man sitting in a wheelbarrow. It is a rural reenactment of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Another gardener walks through the crowd with a fleet of wheelbarrow-chariots trailing behind him. Pastor Ben Krase asks you to imagine […]

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Kris Beckert

It popped across my newsfeed as the snow was falling outside. The first significant snowfall of 2018 had arrived here in Virginia, and I was sitting at my desk in the church office, space heater on full blast, working on a list of goals and missions for the new year when a friend posted an […]

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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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Verlon Fosner

How should the church respond to the call to serve the poor? Many Fresh Expression Churches will have the opportunity to engage with people from the lower third of the socio-economic ladder, and might even feel “sent” by the Lord to do church for this population. So a good theological understanding of the churches preeminant […]

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Michael Beck

Pioneering is tough! Not only do we face opposition from the inhabitants of the new territories into which we follow the Spirit to plant the Gospel, but when we are led to challenge defective or outdated systems, promote innovations, and catalyze movements, we can be attacked by people within the body of Christ as well. […]

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Gannon Sims

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink But now I’m insecure and I care what people think. Wish we could turn back time, to the good ‘ol days when our momma sang us to sleep But now we’re stressed out. -Twenty one Pilots, Stressed Out Stressed Out. It’s the banner […]

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David Aikman

Throughout my many decades as a follower of Jesus I have found myself tremulously playing the role of a counselor, and—though never officially—that of a pastor, a teacher, occasionally even a prophet. I am so grateful for the many godly brothers and sisters who went before me and showed me the way. A few of […]

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Many churches in the United States have either stopped growing or are in decline. Based on research and field experience, Dr. Winfield Bevins will offer practical ways to help churches thrive on mission. This session is based on the new Re-Missioning Church Assessment and 10 vital signs of a healthy church. Dr. Bevins has designed […]

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