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5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO HELP BUSY PEOPLE MAKE TIME FOR MISSION

5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO HELP BUSY PEOPLE MAKE TIME FOR MISSION

Ain’t nobody got time for that! Have you ever had something dawn on you in a way that hit you like a ton of bricks? This was my experience just a few years ago. Like many of you, I had realized that I wanted my life to be oriented toward what God was doing all around me. I wanted to step into the Kingdom of God in my neighborhood and work place. I was asking,”God what are you doing? How should I respond?”

GOD IS ALREADY WORKING. SO WHAT NOW? LAS VEGAS GIVES A CLUE

GOD IS ALREADY WORKING. SO WHAT NOW? LAS VEGAS GIVES A CLUE

Our primary job is to try to see where and how God has been working and to partner with him in bringing people to redemption in Jesus. Understanding that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God and in the deepest possible way made for God, we can assume that every human is motivated by spirituality and search for meaning.  Let’s let Las Vegas be a case study…

HOW MUCH DOES CHURCH-AS-MOVEMENT COST?

HOW MUCH DOES CHURCH-AS-MOVEMENT COST?

Buildings, budgets and bigshots are the movement killers to the reproduction of churches, leaders and disciples. Recently I was in a pastor’s meeting and many were wondering how their churches would continue. Some were selling their facilities just for survival. Survival is one thing, but reaching a city is quite another.

THE MISSIONARY’S GREATEST DUTY IS NO DUTY AT ALL

What does the story of Jesus healing ten leapers have to do with a missionary's duty? While churches are often ready to applaud missionaries as they run themselves dry, Jesus stands ready to rejuvenate them, take their burdens, and send them on their way.

Read the Article HERE.

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.