Envisioning A New Kind of Church

God is moving many of his people into transition. Much like Acts 8:1-8 something has arisen that has scattered our gatherings…it has pushed us out of our comfort zones and given us the space to reevaluate what we know as church. It isn’t persecution…it is pandemic. Sometimes it is hard to have proper perspective on […]

New (To Us) Wineskins for Church

My first instinct was to write about a specific model or expression of church. And then I recalled something I heard Brian Sanders say in an old dilapidated Dillard’s department store that had been repurposed into a training center for missionary leaders. Sanders is the co-founder of Tampa Underground, a network of more than 200 […]

It’s Time to Act: Building Now for a Better Future

“This is the time you invest in the future; it is in tough times that you build to bring you to a better future,” affirmed Paul Goldburger consulting on the over-haul and refurbishing of New York’s Penn Station train hall. [i] In June of 2019 New York State Senator Brad Hoyman wrote an op-ed in […]

Together. Wherever.

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” (Acts 8:1,4). __________________________________ Our journey to plant a church called North End Collective just outside the city of Atlanta, GA […]

Evangelistic Flyoverism – We Flipped Acts 1:8

“7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the […]

Poetry Column February 2021

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent […]

Innovate or Die (12 Innovations For Today)

It can be a scary word, “innovation,” particularly for a fellowship that prides itself on sticking with Scripture as its core anchor—as it should. But COVID has thrust us—many of us kicking and screaming, some of us quite happily—into a very new world of how we do church. Thousands of Christian leaders across all stripes […]

The Heinous Way Some Churches Fire Ministers

This is a sensitive topic. It is one that often goes unmentioned because no one is supposed to talk about it. The eldership decides to fire the preacher and instead of firing the preacher, offers the preacher severance in exchange for a peaceful resignation. The preacher didn’t want to quit the job…but it is resign […]

Start Somewhere: A Call to Action as it Relates to Disciple Making

A call to action as it relates to disciple making            Three years ago this month I stood at the base of Mt. Harvard, one of Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks, and looked up into the snowy distance, wondering if I had what it what it would take to climb to the summit.  Mt. Harvard is located […]

February Theme: A New Wineskin For Churches

It is time to discuss new expressions of church. Pandemic has made it clear that there have been some needed adjustments to make and corners to turn. Here are a few of the things that have become clearer to me: The corporate/industrial model of churches ruled by executives is dying. It was a slow death […]