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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David Fitch

Join David Fitch Wednesday, February 28th for a webinar on this topic. Register here. About ten years ago, Willow Creek, an iconic American church, sought to ‘engage’ its neighborhoods by inviting Randy Frazee to do what he called “the neighborhood initiative.” I don’t know the finer details, but the basic idea was to form groups […]

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Shannon Kiser

I was watching the team set up for a Community Dinner Church. The elements of the meal had been prepared in the homes of volunteers, and everyone was arriving with their contribution to the meal. Serving trays and chafing dishes, chili and homemade desserts. Tablecloths were being pulled out of bins, and tables were being […]

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Verlon Fosner

We live in a day that holds deep assumptions about the way church is done. We assume exclusive religious spaces, teaching-centric gatherings, congregational liturgies, and musical worship experiences. The reformers gave us these ideas of church five hundred years ago, and we have become serious disciples of their ways. Interestingly, this approach is not found […]

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It’s been a few weeks now since attending the Fresh Expressions National Gathering AND: Being the Church at Church at Home and Everywhere in Between. Despite being involved with Fresh Expressions as our Content Manager and knowing the team for years, this National Gathering was my first, and I can tell you that I’m better […]

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Travis Collins

Theology, the “Queen of the Sciences,” had its beginning in mission fields, not academic halls. The Christian faith’s most important theologian, the apostle Paul, was first and foremost a missionary. His theological reflections, inspired by God’s Spirit, occurred on the front lines of the advance of God’s Kingdom. The Church is always at our best […]

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Gannon Sims

Lyricist Charles Jennens picked these words from the third chapter of Malachi. George Frederick Handel put them to music in the oratorio Messiah: For he is like a refiner’s fire. And he will purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer the Lord an offering in righteousness. These words get to the core of […]

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Chris Backert

In order to examine factors relating to the decline of traditional denominations, a greater understanding of how denominations are structured is necessary. In many ways, the structure of trans-local covenanted church collaboration is the primary focus of my recent posts. Therefore, it is critical to have a knowledge of the basic organizational patterns that have […]

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Travis Collins

One of the most popular developments in church life over the last fifteen years is that of churches having multiple sites, or campuses.  “One church in multiple locations” is the new by-word of growing numbers of churches. Congregations are multiplying their reach by launching smaller versions of themselves across their cities and, in some cases, […]

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For Christian leaders, especially those committed to established churches and denominations, it might be hard to be thankful these days. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the media about the reality of the “nones and the dones.” There’re a lot of “old standards,” whether they be events, sermons or songs, that just don’t […]

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