From the blog: On church, leadership, mission, diversity, & culture.
Here's my contribution to an advent reader put out by the New Leaf Network. This version contains my original ending. What God Looks Like The pinnacle of God’s announcement to the world is Jesus and during Advent, we immerse into a rhythm of Gospel re-discovery. Jesus...read more
What would it look like if we built church planters and leaders to join existing churches in the neighborhood regardless of affiliation? *Originally posted in 2015, edited, and reposted.* I remember when I started my first church plant in 2009. Within a couple of...read more
Pastors often ask me for ways to re-imagine and lead change in declining congregations. They'll ask something along the lines of, "how do you get people to do, X, Y, or Z?" Be it how to build multi-ethnic communities, realize better discipleship, or increase missional...read more
My book, Thrive, won the top e-book cover design for the month of September over at Thebookdesigner.com. Although it's mostly for bragging rights, winning the non-fiction category demonstrates the quality we were shooting for in production. My friend Riley and I...read more
***Originally posted December 1st, 2014 and updated with additions. This post was the precursor to about 3 chapters in my book, "Thrive" now available. *** In this post I want to use a model many of us are familiar with to describe how to build a growing church plant....read more
I had the pleasure of being invited to hold a session at the Praxis 2018 gathering in Philadelphia, put on by the growing church planting movement V3. The theme of the entire conference centered around a much needed conversation on re-imagining leadership. Little did...read more
This would be a nice song to play while reading this post. In the final chapter of my book, Thrive, I tell a story about an old Presbyterian church that invited Darrel Guder (of Missional Church fame) to speak. As I sat in the crowd listening to his lecture, the...read more
In my current church plant we've come to a crossroads. A decision needs to be made. First some context. Cypher Church is unlike any church plant you've seen before, and simultaneously like every church plant you've seen before. Our gatherings are unique. Both of us...read more
One of the most damaging aspects of consumer Christianity is big churches telling smaller churches they're mediocre because they don't have a stunning Sunday service. It's crippling to the majority of churches. Don't believe the hype. The majority of churches in North...read more
In my book, "Thrive." I explore how the contemporary church can live out its mission in a post-Christian society. Despite culture having pushed the church from the centre to the fringes, underlying church culture has remained largely the same. Churches continue...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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