April 20, 2018

Becoming Disciples

Some friends of mine are putting together a video series of what it means to be a disciple. Here's my contribution:

April 18, 2018

Amorality or Morality Anew

At times we speak, in our culture–especially within our churches, about the loss of moral authority, of secularization. It is presented to those listening as if we have been on a slippery slope since the 60's. I disagree. What if what we are watching emerge is not an amoral culture but a new set of moral expectations? Does that change your perspective?

April 16, 2018

The Wisdom in Repetition

It may be easy to critique the leader who has not built an institution but rather she has nurtured a variety of small, scrappy communities. In fact, I frequently hear this kind of critique from leaders that have built a new congregation from the ground up. They see the merit in their work and think it more important than a seemingly small, insignificant collection of missional communities. But here's the thing: the leader that has launched a few missional communities actually has a lot more knowledge about start up ministry than the other.

The start up experience across contexts always has similar traits. But the person who starts a network of these communities is learning how to start these communities over and over again. Better and better each time. Her wisdom and experience and education in what it takes to start communities is exponentially higher than that person who has only done it once.

So the lesson here is to never sell short the person that has a bunch of small, scrappy and maybe odd looking communities over the person that has only been able to scale up one community.

April 12, 2018

Drop Everything and Read

Apparently, today is "Drop Everything and Read" Day, thanks to Beverly Cleary. Did you read about Ramona Quimby as a kid? Or read those books to your kids? Whether or not children's literature is your thing, I thought I'd take the opportunity to say that I'm excited to be interviewing author David Finnegan-Hosey next week for my podcast. David wrote a wonderful book entitled Christ on the Psych Ward that I recommend you pick up. I'll write more about it later and you'll get to hear David talk about it in the near future. In any case, I recommend you pick up a book and read today. Here's a list of missional-minded books I think are worth considering.

April 11, 2018

Cultivate Returns!

As mentioned last week, Cultivate '18 is coming up and I'm really looking forward to it! Cultivate has become the space where we (being the Diocese of Texas) train leaders on how to start new communities. We talk about critical practices and what needs to be prioritized. Last year was a blast! This year, because we believe that as many folks as possible need to be exposed to this, we'll be offering this twice and in two different locations.

We'll be in Austin on April 27 and 28, hosted by a congregation doing some wonderful missional work and hosting two missional communities, the Front Porch and Farm Church.

On May 4 and 5 we will be in Houston and hosted by A 2nd Cup, an incredible cafe that is working to end human trafficking in this city. (Yes, I'm biased–Brooke is their Director of Operations).

The other thing to note about this year, is that we will be adding training around pitching your missional work. Not all missional communities have expenses. In fact, that is the beauty of them. Yet, as a vision begins to grow and communities begin to scale up or replicate, costs can come into play. So, we'll talk about some things you should know about doing this. Come join us! Register here.