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God's Not In To Mini-Churches Either

People bash MegaChurches, but I'd suggest God isn't necessarily into MiniChurches either.

There are clearly issues that come with a MegaChurch context. Discipling people becomes more complex, connecting with other people can be more difficult for some and having a real sense of biblical community can be lost too.  But let's not get it twisted, there are also issues in MiniChurch contexts.  Discipling can be complex because it can get separated from evangelism, connecting with people can be more difficult because relationships become ingrown, and true biblical community can be lost because it's solely lived out with people just like ourselves.

There are long lists of issues with either context.  And the lists of benefits for either can be just as long.  But it's not a greater-than battle we ought to fight.  It's not an issue of size.  People might say healthy churches grow larger and thus point to how Jesus preached to thousands of people, the church gatherings …

9 Things I Would Tell A Church Planter

Be careful of church planting scientists.   Learning everything everyone else has done has benefits, but this can also be dangerous.   God is calling you to begin a new work....so let it be new. Walk in faith and be very careful of those that will pressure you to walk in presumption. Only say what you are doing and explain why.  If you do things differently churched people will ask you why you're not doing what you're not doing.  Don't fall into the trap of answering that - it creates a lot more work and confusion. Be prepared to have people you thought were with you, leave.  And don't be surprised if they don't leave quietly.You will have to take massive steps of faith if you want to see God work out the vision He's placed in you.  If you are not at a point where you can take these, rethink planting.Plant a church in a community, not your head.  Every community is different and thus will require you to live out eternal truths in unique ways.  If you move to a …

Main Point

Today I taught on Ephesians 4:17-32.  Up to this point in chapter four Paul has described how we are to live in diverse unity.  We are all one, but we are all unique as well.  When every believer embraces their uniqueness, the body of Christ builds itself up (v.16).

In verses (17-32) Paul makes a very strong point: our lives ought not look like the lives of people that don't believe in Jesus.  He is basically saying, "Don't live like you don't know better."  Be we cannot be different by merely abstaining from things people do in culture.  We must also do things they do not do.

Jesus certainly abstained from participating in certain cultural norms, but this is not what made him stand out.  People were drawn to him because he did things others were not doing.  We should do the same.  For example, Paul says in 4:28 that we are to labor, earn money, SO THAT we can give more.  That's different.  I can only imagine what would happen if all believers had this perspe…

Value Clash Hinders Sustainable Mentorship

Let’s be honest: connecting people of different generations is not the easiest thing to do.  We face obstacles like core values being different, older people being intimidated or frustrated by the younger generations, younger people not feeling the value of having an older person in their life…to either generation not knowing how to connect with the other.  There are ways we can help with these things (for more on that see chapters 7 and 8 of this book), but there is another issue that is just as obvious – if not more.  We just don’t talk about it as openly. Younger people are desperate for an experience they know is Divine.  Of course not all desire this, but many just want to experience God, walk with Him daily, be a part of what He’s doing and be used by Him.  Sure, experience based pursuits can be incredibly dangerous if they are separated from truth.  But experiencing God can also be rooted in truth.  And this is what I find many college age people seeking. And herein lies the prob…