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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.

Jogging Leads to Outreach Opportunity

Jogging Leads to Outreach Opportunity

Last spring, I decided I needed to get back into regular exercise. So I invited my national colleague, Célestin, to jog with me several days a week.

We began our morning routine—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday runs—on a route that passes by a forestry camp. We noticed on our runs that a team of camp workers gathered each morning to prep for their daily tasks that include reforesting the barren, treeless areas in our community.

During one run, I got the idea to stop and share the good news with these workers. Célestin agreed.

Partnering With God to Rebirth Our Communities

Partnering With God to Rebirth Our Communities

Like exiled Israel, the church today yearns for a word from God. As Christians, we believe that Christ came into the world to bring a new order; to bring redemption, healing and restoration; and to birth a new society of redeemed persons. And as that new society, we hold fast to the truth that God is directing history toward its true end. But like Israel, we need to hear afresh that God is at work. We need to be reminded that, though forces of chaos and evil seem evident, God groans like a woman in labor, giving birth to the new world promised throughout the generations and confirmed for us in Christ…

Do Christians believe Jesus has an answer for racism and racial inequality? Do we think the Bible provides responses to a world of violence, both domestic and international? Does it involve more than just inviting people to a church service? Of course it does!

EVANGELISM MADE SIMPLE

EVANGELISM MADE SIMPLE

“I can’t do what you do,” says the Christian, sidling up to me sheepishly after an evangelism training session. “I’m no good with words.”

This always strikes me as an odd admission. Usually it comes after five minutes of genial conversation. We’ve discussed the sports scores, the weather, the kids, and Netflix. There have been no awkward pauses, no embarrassing slips of the tongue, nothing to suggest that this person struggles significantly with English comprehension or communication. But apparently they are no good with words.

This struggle rarely manifests when discussing their favorite team or show. But it does present itself when the topic for discussion is faith. It turns out they’re actually quite good with words. Most people are fairly decent at the whole speaking thing. Civilization is built upon it. So, what is the problem?

KING OF HEAVEN, COME

KING OF HEAVEN, COME

By an Alliance worker couple serving in Uruguay

In previous months, we have hosted 10–15 gatherings in our home, including team meetings, worship and Bible study, and dinners. God is teaching us daily about how to be hosts—not just by welcoming people into our house but also by being hosts of His presence. His Spirit continues to lead us in prayer, guiding us as we walk in our gifts.

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.

A CHURCH PLANT'S SPECIAL MISSION

A CHURCH PLANT'S SPECIAL MISSION

Christians often perceive that a true missionary calling must be to the other side of the world. For some, this is a reality. For others, their own backyard is their mission field.  Situated 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island isn’t exactly top of the list for church planters. Yet for Matthew and Stephanie Erikson, this small town is precisely where they were called to be.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

When the Selfs moved to a new neighborhood, they knew God was calling them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors. Eight years later, it is evident that hearts are being transformed by the Gospel.  Watch the video and see how the Selfs made their neighborhood their mission.

3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

Jesus tells us in the story of the good Samaritan that our neighbor is anyone in need, no matter the circumstances and that we are to show love.  The good news for parents is that you have a huge advantage in getting to know and love your neighbors – your children!

CONTEXTUALIZE...DON'T MERELY EVANGELIZE

CONTEXTUALIZE...DON'T MERELY EVANGELIZE

Because we want to make disciples, not mere converts, we need to reconsider standard views of contextualization. It is more than the mere transmission of information. We might grab a lot of people’s interest, but we won’t keep it. Presentations don’t transform people. The gospel does.

Why? The gospel transforms a person’s worldview, not simply his or her doctrine. If this is our goal, then how do we begin to do contextualization?

WHEN YOU'RE SICK OF SAYING IT, YOUR LEADERS HAVE JUST HEARD IT

WHEN YOU'RE SICK OF SAYING IT, YOUR LEADERS HAVE JUST HEARD IT

It is commanded by Jesus that we are to increase our gospel footprint and our vision of reaching every man, woman, and child with the gospel.  We've said it so many times, haven't we?  Are we sick of repeating it?  Good.  Someone probably just hard you, and more than likely it was one of your leaders.

8 Ways To Easily Look Out (Be Missional)

8 Ways To Easily Look Out (Be Missional)

Missional is not an event we tack onto our already busy lives. It is our life. Mission should be the way we live, not something we add onto life: “As you go, make disciples.”; “Walk wisely towards outsiders”; “Let your speech always be seasoned with salt”; “be prepared to give a defense for your hope.”

We can be missional in everyday ways without overloading our schedules. Here are a few suggestions...