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.
The bible actually has quite a bit to say about hospitality. And the longer that I read the Bible, the more I’m convinced that practicing hospitality is not merely something a pastor or a Christian should do, but that it points to the heart of the gospel itself. But how should we define hospitality?
Remember the first time you were impacted with fresh revelation or knowledge? Wow, what a feeling! It’s like drinking jet fuel that launches the mind to new heights and perspectives.I recall this happening in 2007 after reading Tim Keller’s article on church size dynamics.
Recently, I was chatting with a church planter who is gearing up to plant a new church in Oakland, CA. As he was giving me a general update, a comment he made suddenly jumped out at me: “City leaders aren’t really that excited anymore about churches existing — or coming into — their neighborhoods. Most of them don’t do a whole lot for their community anymore and, on top of that, they don’t pay any taxes!”
In other words, many churches in this neighborhood were actually a life-sucking, faithless, gospel-anemic, light-burrowing drain to their community instead of a life-giving, faith-filled, gospel-saturating, light-shining community of sinner-saints seeking the welfare of their city and the flourishing of all people.