Resource Roundup 08.18.17

Terrorism. Hate crimes. Protests. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible? This week's resources push us to pursue ethnic harmony & encourage listening from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as we pray for and learn to truly love and listen to “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

Race Relations, The "Talk," and Ryan's New Normal

God has opened my eyes to experiences I never realized I didn’t have in my life. After a race conversation with Mike and some other guys from Soma a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about a couple months back when my family went to the Lockett’s home for dinner. It was so within the normal of our lives and friendship that it didn’t dawn on me until that later point, that in 38 years, I had never been invited to, or had dinner in, the home of an African-American family.

Financial Coaching Curriculum + Templates

It was 1995 and we were living the “good life” in Oahu. Sunny tropical weather, blue skies, gentle trade winds, azure colored water, and some of the best beaches on the planet…and an awesome church where all of us were worshipping and serving. But there was trouble in paradise. In this post you'll find downloadable curriculum and templates for coaching church members in financial stewardship.

Alignment Weekend Recap

This past weekend we hosted an Alignment Weekend at Soma Church in Indianapolis. This is a special bi-annual event for those exploring a call to church planting or interested in learning more about what partnership with Sojourn Network looks like. It is an intimate setting where attendees have the opportunity to hear from and interact with some of our network leaders as we discuss topics related to the call to church planting and how Sojourn Network fits into that picture.

Resource Roundup 08.04.17

This week's roundup features an invitation to early registration for "Why Partnerships Matter: Churches Flourishing through Collaboration," the Sojourn Network Leaders' Summit this October 23-25. You'll also find resources on the power of consistency, the sadness of loneliness, things you'll learn serving in kids ministry, and a wonderful tribute to one of the most influential preachers of our time. 

Moving Toward A Merciful Ministry

As I’ve said before, forgiven sinners forgive sin. If you enter pastoral ministry, you will sin and you will be sinned against. But here’s the thing: being sinned against can become a gospel opportunity — a place to pass along to others the mercy that we have received. If you’re called to ministry, you’re called to apply the gospel in the face of sin. In fact, the degree to which we really understand the gospel is revealed by how faithfully we extend mercy when sinned against.But what exactly does mercy look like? Four things come to mind.

Resource Roundup 07.28.17

This week's roundup features an invitation to early registration for "Why Partnerships Matter: Churches Flourishing through Collaboration," the Sojourn Network Leaders' Summit this October 23-25. You'll also find resources on the power of consistency, the sadness of loneliness, things you'll learn serving in kids ministry, and a wonderful tribute to one of the most influential preachers of our time. 

4 Things I Learned Serving in Kids Ministry

This past Sunday, I found myself in a unique situation. Pastor Shane was slated to preach, a group of other folks from the church were leading the music, and my only in-service responsibility was to do the welcome prior to the sermon. I’m not entirely sure where the idea came from—maybe it was the Father’s Day mojo?—but I decided to volunteer in our children’s ministry for both services. Here are four things that I’ve been thinking about since Sunday.