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Church Cannibalism: Should Pastors be Called Out for Pac-Man Tactics?


Tweet There are churches in America who regularly move into a new locale, set up a “site” complete with video screen, 8 or 9 pastors, an array of religious goods and services, a massive children’s ministry, a spectacular worship band

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On Posting Dirty Laundry … about Mark Driscoll and other asundry mega church pastors.


Tweet Recently, on Twitter and Facebook, I linked to a blog post from the former Director of Resurgence, Mike Anderson, on his departure from Mars Hill Church and his association with Mark Driscoll. It was a revealing post. It could

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3 Characteristics of Missional Preaching: How the multi-site video venue works against mission.

Tweet This a part of a post I wrote in November 2009. See the post here for the comments generated way back then. I’d still adhere to everything I wrote back then yet I have further nuanced and more deeply

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A Slow Ecclesiology or a Fast Ecclesiology?: Why There is No Fast Ecclesiology in God’s Mission


Tweet I’m privileged to present at the Slow Church Conference in Indianapolis this week. I love this conference. I love this theme. The title of my talk will be “A Slow Ecclesiology or a Fast Ecclesiology?: Why There is No

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Quit Sending Individuals Out As Missionaries: The Kingdom Starts With Communities


Tweet Community as the Logic of Mission When we think of church-planting, starting new churches, or sending missionaries to unreached places, we generally think of sending individuals. I want to suggest this is all wrong. Churches, denominations and mission sending

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Authority in The Kingdom is Different


Tweet A Theological Excursus on the authority/power in the Kingdom versus the world. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.  And call no man your father on earth, for

Posted in Ecclesiology, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist

The Start-With-Twelve ‘Strategy’


Tweet It’s a veritable fact of sociology: If you start with a crowd (50-100 people in church planting) you can build a bigger crowd with surprising speed (Most mega churches start with at least 50-100 people from another church). Because

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How To Avoid Becoming a Cult (or for that matter A Large Consumer Mega Church): Oikos versus Ekklesia


Tweet Oikos and Ekklesia: Every Church Needs Both In Gregory Dix’s monumental book The Shape of the Liturgy he describes how the early gathering of the Christians took on a double character. There were private meetings in homes where an

Posted in consumerism, Cultivating Mission, Ecclesiology, Missional Ecclesiology, Post-Attractional

The Church Gathering Should be Like a Good AA Meeting

Tweet The other day I tweeted that “the Eucharist can be likened to a good AA meeting intensified by the Real Presence.” What did I mean? I had just had an impactful cup of coffee with a recovering alcoholic. We

Posted in Ecclesiology, Incarnational, Missional Leadership, Uncategorized, Worship and Mission

Is Tim Keller a Closet Niebuhrian? Post #2 on Center Church by David Fitch

Tweet Warning Theological Post Ahead: This post is for theological readers. In other words, the post requires the reader to work through some background knowledge in theology to get the main points of the post. Proceed therefore at your own

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David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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