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RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

Watch the highlights from the Spring 2018 Greenhouse Environments training intensive.

Back in February 2018, several church leaders met together for a Greenhouse Environments training intensive.  Greenhouse Environments is part of the Alliance Southeast's MIP (Multiplication Impact Process) that is the umbrella initiative that includes Gospel Footprint and Flywheel.

On the Shoulders of a Great Cloud of Witnesses

On the Shoulders of a Great Cloud of Witnesses

Some of us serve as lead pastors and/or pastoral staff members of predominantly African-American churches in both the urban and suburban settings. Some of us serve as lead pastors and/or pastoral staff members of multicultural churches in the urban and suburban settings. Some of us serve as lead pastors and/or pastoral staff members in predominantly Caucasian churches as the sole African American on staff. Yet all of us stand on the shoulders of those African-American official workers in the C&MA who paved the way, broke down barriers, and persevered through difficult seasons so we could be where we are today.

QUIT LISTENING TO MISSIONAL EXPERTS

QUIT LISTENING TO MISSIONAL EXPERTS

My favorite book on the church and God’s mission is Total Church. I admire Steve Timmis and Tim Chester tremendously and I have learned so much from them. I can say the same for Alan Hirsch, Jeff Vanderstelt and many others that I would consider missional experts.

But eventually I had to stop listening to them.

4 LIES ABOUT INTROVERTS

4 LIES ABOUT INTROVERTS

I'm an introvert.

Accepting the realities of my God-given personality has been a process of sanctification. I've had to repent of people-pleasing and trying to be someone I'm not. I've had to humbly acknowledge my limits and weaknesses and to live in God's strength rather than my own. Ultimately, this process has been about God and his kingdom, not me. The more I rest in his gracious acceptance of me in Jesus, the more free I become to be myself for his glory. And that's a place where joy and contentment abound.

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

Last week we explored the first article in our "Family On Mission" series where we learned about establishing "rhythms" in our family life in our process of "Looking In."  Today we continue this with a follow up article that explores this dynamic a bit more from the Mother/Wife's perspective. 

10 VITAL TIPS FOR MISSIONAL LEADERS FROM 10 YEARS

10 VITAL TIPS FOR MISSIONAL LEADERS FROM 10 YEARS

Over the past ten years we’ve explored what it means to be missional in many contexts. Urban and suburban churches. Large and small congregations. Shiny newly-built communities and historic neighborhoods where relationships have spanned generations. In no particular order, these are some of the vital lessons for missional leaders we’ve learned over the last 10 years!

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase.  This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish.  As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.

INVENT A MINISTRY

INVENT A MINISTRY

The Smiths  spend most of the rest of their time trying to catch up with “life maintenance”—housework, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and all the rest. They almost always feel behind or overwhelmed.  They genuinely want to serve the Lord in and through His church. They have a good sense of the biblical priorities in life, but they struggle with what often seems too many priorities.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE CALLED

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE CALLED

It might surprise you, but in Scripture the idea of calling is not initially a career path we pick, a cause we choose, or a code we use for unlocking God’s will. Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us. It is God’s summons to the Savior, and to his service.

GO TO WORK ON PURPOSE

GO TO WORK ON PURPOSE

The average person will spend about 70,000 hours at work.

That’s a significant part of one’s life, and yet many find themselves lacking joy and purpose in it.  We hear people boast about things like vacations and retirement or talk about the value and satisfaction of ministry and missions. All this can leave us sitting at our desk wondering if what we do there matters at all.

ARE CHILDREN A BARRIER OR BLESSING FOR MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?

ARE CHILDREN A BARRIER OR BLESSING FOR MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?

As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing.  Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.

HOW TO USE YOUR HOME TO MAKE DISCIPLES

HOW TO USE YOUR HOME TO MAKE DISCIPLES

Hospitality is a lost art in our culture, and it has become a lost necessity when it comes to discipleship.  We talk about discipleship being life-on-life instead of information transfer, but how are we really inviting people into our lives?  How are we, like Paul, saying "Follow me as I follow Christ"?