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Sep 17, 2016
events, speaking

Saturday is for Seminars - Moody Church, IMPACT, LCMC Annual Gathering

Join me in Chicago, South Carolina, or Colorado.
Saturday is for Seminars - Moody Church, IMPACT, LCMC Annual Gathering

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 16th Annual Gathering – October 2-5, 2016 – Denver, CO

Coming Soon

September 18, 2016
Moody Church
Chicago, IL

September 20-21, 2016
Yale University
New Haven, CT

September 22, 2016
IMPACT Conference
Columbia, SC

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Sep 5, 2016
prayer, strategy, IJM

Recovering Prayer And Discernment In Our Agendas And Strategies

Oftentimes, the spiritual practices of discernment and listening to the Holy Spirit—which inherently carry risks of subjectivity—get evicted from the Christian planning process.
Recovering Prayer And Discernment In Our Agendas And Strategies
IJM Institute

Often, our “Christian” plans are created by really smart people doing really smart things and thinking really smart thoughts. But are our organizations’ strategic plans and vision statements just secular work wrapped in Christian clothing? Add “by the ...

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Aug 9, 2016
sexual abuse, leadership, sin, ABWE

When The Church Becomes Complicit In Sin: Lessons On Preventing and Combatting Sexual Abuse

God wants those institutions that bear His name to be holy in the secret places. Only then are they truly His.
When The Church Becomes Complicit In Sin: Lessons On Preventing and Combatting Sexual Abuse

Just a month ago Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz and a voice for justice, died. His words remain: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

In reading through the Professional Investigators International ...

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Aug 5, 2016
leadership, legacy

Leadership Legacies: Why Character Trumps All

Good leaders are known for leading, encouraging, and caring for those in their organization.
Leadership Legacies: Why Character Trumps All

The Apostle Paul wrote,

What after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is ...

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Jul 29, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 29, 2016

Disaster Relief, Excuses, Sharing faith, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 29, 2016

Preaching in the Wake of DisasterJamie Aten

Bringing hope to victims of a disaster is a great opportunity and responsibility.

Conflict Resolution, Excuses, and Race RelationsBarnabas Piper

Isn’t it about time we who claim the gospel move forward—fast—toward ...

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Jul 27, 2016
Research

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Facts are our friends, and so are stats.
Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry
Yahoo Movies / Sony

Those of you who know me know my tentative relationship with all things sports. But, with our move to Wheaton I wanted to approach our new home missionally, so, I took in a Chicago Cubs game.

It isn’t that I know nothing of sports; I just haven’t kept up much. Going ...

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Jul 25, 2016
Church Planting

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Effective lead pastors must learn how to lead larger.
Don’t Be the Bottleneck

I love helping churches uncover growth opportunities! And oftentimes, while leading churches through this strategic process, I uncover something else. A bottleneck! The dictionary defines a bottleneck as a point of congestion or blockage. As the lead pastor, you must continually ...

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Jul 23, 2016
Seminars
Saturday is for Seminars—Church Planting Leaders and The Defenders Apologetics Conference in Chicago

The next couple of weeks are a crazy couple of weeks in our family.

We’ve sold our Nashville house and move next week. Then, the week after, we unpack.

And, then, after that… back at it for a couple of conferences!

Here’s a couple where I’d value your prayers.

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Jul 22, 2016
Books
20 Truths from The Church as Movement by JR Woodward and Dan White, Jr.

1. God made us as relational beings, and he brings understanding through interaction and reflection. (16)

2. The Church as Industrial Complex is a resource-driven form of church that has a gravitational pull that unintentionally turns spirituality into a product, church growth ...

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Jul 22, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Distractions, Work, a Diverse America, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?Karen Swallow Prior

Paul’s admonition to press toward the mark comes to mind in these days.

Do God’s Will, Not His WorkBethany Jenkins

A great word on how we compete with ourselves and others.

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Jul 21, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

Here are seven "Third Places" churches have built in and for their communities.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

It has been noted that third places serve as postmodern wells churches create to cross paths with the community.

Given that broad description, third places could include: cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, shopping centers, bars, hair salons, community centers, workout facilities, ...

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Jul 19, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2

Larger churches building smaller buildings with community areas are a growing trend.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2
Woodstock City Church

Following building trends isn’t necessarily a hobby of mine, but it is quite interesting. For instance, micro-housing or tiny houses have become increasingly popular, particularly among millennials, and in urban areas with a high cost of living.

But what about church buildings? ...

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Jul 17, 2016
Church

Sunday Journeys—Serving as Interim at Moody Church

Looking forward to serving Moody Church in the coming months.
Sunday Journeys—Serving as Interim at Moody Church

Normally in this space, I share about places where I've been preaching, to point out something helpful or instructive in that context. I plan to catch up on that soon.

However, my outside preaching and teaching will soon be drastically reduced as I do something I have always ...

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Jul 16, 2016
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars—Church of God LEAD

If you're attending LEAD next week make sure to say "hi"!
Saturday is for Seminars—Church of God LEAD

Church of God LEAD and General Assembly, July 18-22, 2016—Nashville, TN

Coming Soon

July 18, 2016
Church of God General Assembly
Nashville, TN

August 12-13, 2016
Gideons Global Impact Conference
Toronto, Ontario, CA

September 9, 2016
Capacity Conference
Atlanta, GA

September ...

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Jul 15, 2016
Church Planting

Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

Join us at the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship
Justice and Church Planting: August CPLF Gathering

For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. This is a peer group, specifically ...

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