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Disillusioned by the Church
When organizational culture makes you wonder if you belong - Article
Differing interpretations or understandings of critical terms (eg, traditionally common words and phrases that are defined differently by the user, such as “team,” “missional,” “gospel,” or
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
Stephanie O'Brien leads the missional community efforts for Mills City Church in Minneapolis. “Most training has taught people how to be doers, rather than equippers,” she explained.
Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
Filter 2: Missional Strategy. While practitioners may use descriptors like “missional” to distinguish their church models from multisite, that's an unfair characterization.
Missional Living in a Fraternity
What it takes to go with Jesus into unlikely parts of the world.
Missional Living in a Fraternity. What book. There are many days living in a Fraternity is a nuisance, which calls into question the logic of our missional living.
Sister, You Are Not a Mistake
The church needs you and your gifts. - Article
Women who have the power of Jesus to change the world believe their life can only be Pinteresting, not missional, because they're a wife or a mom. Is This All There Is?
Pastor, Don't Neglect Your Current Members To Reach New Ones
The great churches of tomorrow will be built on the foundations that were established yesterday and affirmed today. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Fred Johnsson | Flickr. 0; tweet; email; print. Every church needs to be more missional. More outward-reaching. More evangelistic.
The Church Is Stronger When Small Congregations Are Encouraged, Resourced And Engaged
When their concerns are heard and addressed, small congregations get healthier, and the entire church is stronger.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Don't belittle us for not getting bigger. Equip us with the tools we need to be healthy, innovative and missional while we're small. We need you. You need us.
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat. Don't be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day! Sabrena Klausman. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email;
Missio Alliance Gathering 2015: Highlights and Reflections
A conference review - Article
and women gathered for breakfast to discuss the blessed alliance of women and men serving God together, and to contemplate the best way to equip women in missional leadership.
If Your Church Is Healthy, Why Is It Still Small?
It's a valid question. I wish I had a tidy answer. But here's what I do know.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
There are a lot of churches – most churches, in fact – that stay small despite years of healthy, missional work. But I know I'm not alone. There are a lot
Church Turnarounds Are About Direction And Consistency, Not Speed Or Size
It's called a turnaround for a reason. It's more about the direction you’re heading than the speed you’re going.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
That's my story. Almost 25 years ago, I was called to help a church turn around from a decade of numerical, emotional, spiritual and missional decline.
The Church Offertory: What's Trending?
7 trends worth noting as you evaluate your church offertory - Article
Typically, this statement is about how the funds are used. Members are able to see through videos or testimonies the missional impact of their gifts. 7
Outreach and Evangelism: What Works Today?
When traditional outreach misses the audience and "evangelism" becomes a dirty word, how can we share the Good News?
Imago Dei Community, led by pastor Rick McKinley, is doing something similar in Portland. They give missional grants to people in their congregation engaged in local initiatives.
Clumped Christians: When Fear Overwhelms Faith
When a healthy church gathers for worship it should renew our passion to mobilize and move out in ministry.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Historically, whenever the church of Jesus is dynamic and healthy, it grows. But healthy, missional Christians don't just clump together in larger and larger groups.
Helping People Connect Faith and Work
These churches send out engineers, teachers, artists, and lawyers as missionaries to their cities.
Helping People Connect Faith and Work. These churches send out engineers, teachers, artists, and lawyers as missionaries to their cities. Skye Jethani
Top 10 Resources for Church Planters
Essential tools for a hard calling.
The Ecclesia Network: Though smaller than other networks, Ecclesia churches have a more missional orientation. 7. Planting Missional Churches (Ed Stetzer and Daniel Im).
Why Are Church Leaders Always Talking About Change? (7 Reasons)
The alternative to change isn’t stability. It’s stubbornness. Besides, no one needs help to stay the same.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Or an exorcism.). I'm blessed to serve a great church body. It's an amazing group of passionate, worshipful, missional servants of Jesus. But we've never gotten any of that perfectly, yet.
A Pastor's Dilemma: What to Do When You Can't See the Vision for Your Church
Is it okay if a pastor’s calling is to help others fulfill their calling? Or, does every church need a pastor-led vision to get behind?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Quite the opposite. I don't know of a church with more caring, passionate, energized, missional people than the church I've been blessed to pastor for almost 25 years.
Farewell Franchise Ministry
Why is megachurch pastor John Mark Comer ditching conventional church-growth wisdom? Two words: mission and millennials.
What led to the change of strategy? Learning to adopt a more missional posture. It promotes consumerism—even if it's masked behind several layers of "missional-speak.".
‘Dear Worship Leader...’
A review of Zac Hicks’s The Worship Pastor.
For the attractional church, it may be bright lights and slick videos. For the missional, the temptation becomes focusing as much on the where of worship as on the Who.
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