17th September 2014

When people feel called by God to start something new, they often default to the church and its systems. They assume that their vision has to fit within the framework of whatever his church is already doing. 

It doesn’t. 

Controlling movements isn’t the end goal of leadership, releasing movements is. 

This may be our fault. When people come to us and say something like, “I feel like God may be leading me to start this or that in my neighborhood,” we tend to react and start talking about vision and systems and how things need to be in line with our already set environments, and how we’re sorry, but the idea won’t work here, because it’s not who we are. 

It’s okay to be clear about what the church is able to do on its own terms. There’s nothing wrong with clarity on who has control over the Sunday morning experience, the kids programs, the youth ministries, and so on. In fact, most church members expect (and appreciate) higher level staff leadership in those systems. 

But beyond those things, pastors must be champions of ideas and visions that come from the ground up, ones that weren’t born and raised in staff meetings or planning retreats. In fact, consider adding to your staff meetings and planning retreats some time to discuss how to better release and reinforce movements outside of your set systems. 

The priesthood of all believers. 

15th September 2014

What goes through the head of a pastor in the lobby on Sunday mornings as people are walking in: 

You didn’t return my email. You didn’t return my email. You never return my emails. You’re not looking at me because you know that I know that you didn’t return my email. I saw the Read Receipt on the text you didn’t answer. 

5th September 2014

Doing theology is the journey to discover how to best live the Jesus Way as a real person, in a real world, moving in and out of real experiences. The available wisdom of God is not reserved for just the enclaves, the cells and retreats of religious behaviors within religious communities. Those experiences, which are informed and shaped by God’s wisdom, are to, in fact, inform and shape the daily experience. Faith must be familiar with our world, lest it become, as Oz Guinness said, “privately engaging, but culturally irrelevant.”

[Thoughts on the “Theology of Wisdom,” the opening week of our new teaching series, Proverbs 1:2-7] 

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