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Your church wants to release pioneering leaders among you to start new things.

But great pioneers don’t just come out of nowhere.

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Pioneering is hard work, and it takes a toll!  Ministry leaders are most often poor at taking care of themselves. Many struggle with problems from anxiety, depression, marital and relational difficulties, and finally ministerial burnout. The high stakes and regular failure found in pioneering ministry can make this even more likely. With proper formation, guidance, […]

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Shannon Kiser

What do you do if all of your friends are Christians, but you want to reach beyond the church? Or, what if you’re new in town? Or you want to reach out to a specific group of people, but don’t know anyone in that community? What you need is a “Person of Peace.” In Fresh […]

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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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A fresh expression is a form of church that exists specifically for people who don’t already “go to church.” There are fresh expressions with cowboys, bikers, preschool moms and restaurant workers. A fresh expression might meet in a tattoo parlor, a pub or dog park. Which, when you think of it, can actually get to […]

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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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Shannon Kiser

“How do you catch a traditional, homogenous congregation onto new-ness in mission as a layperson?” If you get focused on trying to “win” an entire traditional, homogenous congregation into a fresh expression type mission posture, you’re going to find yourself quickly frustrated.  But there may be ways to invite some in the congregation to imagine […]

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Matt Hill

Rock climbing for a seven-year-old? Really? A year ago, my seven-year-old son Aaron had the opportunity to go with a friend to a local rock climbing center. Not the type where you climb without ropes on massive walls of granite, but the type of rock climbing where you hook on to a rope and climb […]

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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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Verlon Fosner

Missiology is the equal blend of theology and sociology. However, most church leaders went to seminary to become theologians not sociologists. It is not unreasonable that most would prefer to focus on theology to the exclusion of sociology. This oversight has caused us to drift toward the ditch of being so heavenly minded that we […]

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