We value strong relationships. And that isn’t something we just toss out there because it sounds right. We’re serious about being a relationally-driven network. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the family, have been a part of it since the beginning, or are still exploring the idea of partnering with us — we want to get to know you and help you establish relationships with others in our network family. We want to be a (helpful) resource for you in whatever way we can.
One of the ways we seek to do this is by hosting dinners throughout the year in different parts of the country. What better way to build relational connections with those exploring Sojourn Network than to share a (free) meal together? During our time together we hope to get to know you a bit, share some about who we are and what we do as a network, as well as connect you to some network pastors and staff.
If you have been exploring the idea of partnering with Sojourn Network as a church planter or as a pastor of an existing church, we would love to meet you!
We are hosting a dinner at Impellizzeri's Pizza (Downtown) on Thursday, April 12 in Louisville, KY during the T4G dinner break (within walking distance of the YUM center!) and we would love to feed you (and get to know you)!
Check out the event page for more info. There is limited capacity for this meal, so RSVP ASAP.
We hope to see you there!
Earlier this week the Southern Baptist Convention—the largest Protestant body in the United States and the largest Baptist denomination in the world—elected 45-year-old pastor J. D. Greear as its 62nd president, the youngest man to hold the office in 38 years.
We here at Sojourn Network want to extend our gratitude to J.D. for serving the church so well over the years. We're thrilled that he's been elected to this position and want to extend a heart-felt congratulation to him, his family, and his church. We will be praying for you and encouraging the pastors and churches of Sojourn Network to do the same.
Last Saturday, April 7, Sojourn Network churches from the Pacific Northwest gathered, bringing lay-leaders and "normal" church members together for half-a-day to focus on being encouraged and equipped to serve in the local church for the long-haul. Here's a recap, complete with all event media — audio, video, and photos.
In the last several years we have seen some interesting shifts, and a few tragic endings, to prominent multisite churches that had been leading examples within the phenomenon. This has logically lead many to question the future of the multisite movement. As pastors within a multisite church at the time, this question was of particular importance to Dr. Allison and myself. MultiChurch was written to answer those questions for us internally and grew into a project that we wanted to share with others who were wrestling with the same challenges and hopes within a similar multisite context.
It's time we published all of the content from our 2017 Leaders' Summit — Why Partnerships Matter: Churches Flourishing through Collaboration. This is a one-stop shop that you can come back to at any time you want. Don't forget to bookmark it and share it with your friends!
Our friends, @mikedcosper, @karenswallowprior, David Taylor, & @bwmccracken joined us in Louisville for #WhyPartnerships to chat about faith, life, culture, and what being a redemptive presence looks like in society today. It is an EXCELLENT & FASCINATING conversation that explores a WIDE range of topics, including the Enneagram, Terrence Malick, and what Bono is "really like". If you haven't followed @harbor_media & subscribed to the Cultivated podcast, you need to do that now. Happy listening!
Our 2017 Leaders' Summit has concluded and here are some of the social highlights, photographs, and quotes from the event. Stay tuned for more event resources to be made available next week.
We're convinced that one way we can be most helpful to you is to make sure that you have everything you need to be prepared for the 2017 Leaders' Summit. So here are a few suggestions for how to prepare...
In his book, The American Church in Crisis, David Olson reveals that 77 percent of Americans do not have a consistent, life-giving connection with a local church. He further states that of the 23 percent who are considered “regular participants” in the life of a church, attendance has dropped dramatically. This drop in church attendance creates dramatic challenges for churches that adhere to a traditional children’s discipleship model, with children’s classes during the weekend service as the primary mode of teaching children to follow Jesus. So what is the alternative? How can we best care for the children in our churches? We believe there are four fundamental shifts that must take place among church leaders and the way they approach ministry to children.
We often struggle with tension in the Christian life, and this topic is no different. We not only need the leading of the Spirit in our presentation but also in our preparation. We need his power to rest on the preacher and the preaching from start to finish.But here we run into what appears at first to be an immovable dilemma: The demonstration of the power of the Spirit is the greatest essential in all of our preaching, and the demonstration of the power of the Spirit is out of our control.