Category Archives: missional leadership

Reading Scripture Together for the Sake of God’s Mission

I’m currently writing an article for Missio Dei, a great online journal you should know about, on missional interpretation. I’m assuming this means that it might make a difference in how you read Scripture if your orienting perspective was the … Continue reading

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Miami Dolphins and Female Preachers

Maybe you’re been following the saga of Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins. Martin walked away from the team because he was being “bullied” by Incognito, apparently by the use of racial epitaphs and threats of violence. The … Continue reading

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Simplicity is Manure: and other observations toward a proposal for a different kind of small group

What follows is not a “fix” for small groups. Rather, it’s a suggestion of one form they could take that would lean in a more missional direction. I think there are a lot of things that could improve groups and … Continue reading

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Metric Observed: Grassroots Conspiracy and third spaces

In my last “metric” for post-Christendom congregations, I suggested that the number of “joiners” that begin their experience of Christian community apart from visiting on Sunday mornings is a good indicator of missional health. It’s tough for congregations to imagine … Continue reading

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Video: Ryan Woods Talks About His Graduate Education

Ryan Woods graduated with a Masters in Missional Leadership degree, the program I direct, a little over a year before he died. Not long after his diagnosis of cancer, I taped an interview with Ryan and he talked at length … Continue reading

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More Metrics for a Post-christendom Congregation: multiple paths to “citizenship”

I’ve been talking to multiple congregations as of late concerning how new members came to join their church. In nearly every case (limited sample), new members belonged to another congregation before joining. That is, they were informed consumers (used in … Continue reading

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More metrics for a post-Christendom age: simplicity

4. Is your congregation–and its members–intentionally pursuing simplicity? My hunch is you’re not. My hunch is that church, for a lot of your members, is just another place in our cultural landscape where people are being asked to do more. … Continue reading

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More Metrics for a post-Christendom Age

3. Can your congregation talk about difficult issues without it becoming contentious or divisive? Again, let me unpack the question. The question might also have been asked, can your congregation have a discussion at all? This question has two aspects: … Continue reading

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Metrics Beyond Numbers: Deux (because that’s how I roll)

A continuation from my previous post. 2. Is your congregation adept at finding new partners in the mission of God? A few important words here. First of all, notice that we’re defining what we’re up to as God’s mission, not … Continue reading

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Beyond Numbers and Dollars: new metrics for a post-Christendom church

It’s tougher to know these days if your church is doing well. It used to be easier to evaluate. Numbers were the key: members and dollars. And in a setting where going or belonging to a church was a cultural … Continue reading

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