discipleship

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.

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.

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

When we focus on our identity in Christ (the “Up” relationship), the “In” and “Out” will be informed and formed by the gospel . . . the good news.  If our “In” and “Out” relationships are informed by our “Up” relationship then discipleship will flow out of that.

THREE WAYS TO HELP BIBLE BEGINNERS

THREE WAYS TO HELP BIBLE BEGINNERS

Sometimes the hardest part of discipleship is teaching people how to handle the Bible.  We know that the Holy Spirit will help us learn as we read, but we cannot ignore that it can be quite daunting and even intimidating.  You don't need a seminary degree to help your friend begin with the Bible; here are a few suggestions of how you can help Bible beginners get started.

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.

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.

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"?

DON'T LET DISCIPLESHIP KEEP YOU FROM BEING A DISCIPLE

DON'T LET DISCIPLESHIP KEEP YOU FROM BEING A DISCIPLE

Discipleship requires disciple making.  But we cannot compromise our own walk with Jesus.  Discipleship must be an overflow from following after Jesus and learning from Him every day in a deep, personal relationship.  Looking Out always requires Looking Up.