From the blog: On church, leadership, mission, diversity, & culture.
While finishing my book Thrive, the bibliography struck me. At one point there were ZERO authors of color in the list. In fact, despite the magnitude of reading material on the "missional movement", I can't remember coming across a single leader of color. (Soong-Chan...read more
Can you guess what the top posts on my blog are about? Worship (music). That's not a surprise given what appeals to the majority of Christians. It does, however, make me lament on why topics like church revitalization, mission, and race, don't receive the same...read more
There are two main threats to church plants: money and people. Running out of both produces inevitable demise. The answer to both, ironically, simultaneously answers a question on how to produce replicating planting movements. If I said there are one of two ways for a...read more
An article came across my desk today and I penned a reply across my social media venues so I thought I'd post it here. It's an intro of sorts on white supremacy for white people (or anybody really). It's a response to this CBC article about something that happened in...read more
**Repost from 2012, 2015, with updates.** In May 2019, billionaire Robert F Smith declared to the graduating class of 2019 at Morehouse college in Atalanta, GA, that he would cover their student debt. 400 students had amassed approximately $40 million in student loans...read more
Please enjoy this repost and edit from 2015. This previous post describes one attribute common in church planting: if you're brave enough to pioneer you have to deal with inevitable fear. Once you enter the fray by starting something new, when there's no turning back,...read more
I have an announcement to share at the end of this post. But first.... You may notice that I tend to write about big picture ideas over personal stories. I'm going to try to write more about my own ministries and experiences because I think it helps practitioners. You...read more
I recently wrote an article called, "The 9000 Church Challenge," as a means to engage conversation about church land use in the face of widespread closures. We need new leaders and new ways of thinking on how to utilize assets in better ways. The other side of the...read more
A CBC article citing a report from a non profit group called National Trust Canada (https://nationaltrustcanada.ca/), suggests that within 10 years 9000 Canadian churches will have to close. Most of these churches are from mainline denominations. They the ones who...read more
Fixating on bad news, worst possible outcomes, the SKY IS FALLING!, changes the way you view the world. It also changes you. In my home province we just had a polarizing election where old conservative ideology reclaimed power. In America, the Mueller Report became...read more
Thrive. Ideas to lead the church in post-Christendom.
“Thrive”, is a guide to help unlock features in you, and your church, to emerge as leaders and co-creators in our cities, neighborhoods, and beyond. With the increasing number of people claiming no religious affiliation, it may be surprising to learn core values like purpose, justice, spirituality, and love remain important. The stage is set. Our culture presents a great opportunity for the church that seeks to live out the Gospel in a post-Christian world.
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