“The Top Ten Reasons This Will Never Work”: On Leading Change in the Church

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Several times, after presenting to a group of pastors on re-shaping the practice of the church for Mission, I lead a closing session where I ask pastors to share their top reasons for why “this will never work.” Last Spring

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“Evangelism Must Change”: We’re not in Christendom America Anymore- Missional Learning Commons 2014.

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The Missional Learning Commons arrives Nov 7,8 at Westmont Commons, Westmont IL. Come one! come all! as we discuss from a variety of lens what it means to proclaim the good news of what God has done and is doing

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A Fresh Vision for Church Planting: My Foreword

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Planting churches in Mission is a subject near and dear to my heart. It takes a different kind of imagination from the models and processes for church plantings that have developed within N America these past half a century. That’s

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Proclaiming the Gospel: Overcoming the Post Billy Graham Syndrome

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Billy Graham has had a profound impact on the culture of Christianity in the United States. Billy’s ministry drew (hundreds of) thousands to Christ as he highlighted the personal relationship with God offered through Christ via the substitutionary atonement. These

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The ReChurch Conference in Canada: Check it out here.

The ReChurch 2014 Meetings in St Catharines. See you all Novemver 15th?    

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On A Third Way on LGBTQ Issues: Some Differences Between Wendy VanderWal-Gritter and Myself

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A couple weeks ago Jonathan Merritt (of RNS) interviewed Wendy VanderWal-Gritter about “a third way–for Christians on the ‘gay issue.’” Wendy is the author of the new book Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church. She’s exec director

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Can Twitter Save the World? On Christians Tweeting For Justice in Ferguson and other places in the world.

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I have a general rule in my life: stay away from conflicts that are more than a driving distance away. I believe that conflict is best engaged relationally, under the Lordship of Christ, whether everyone involved is a believer or

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Teaching a Doctoral Seminar This Week!

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I won’t be posting this week. I’m teaching a seminar on Congregational Formation in and for Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary. I’ll also be tweeting less, on FB less (mainly because I read less during weeks like this!). Response to

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True theological education is a “there” and “back” exercise

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Last week I tweeted/facebooked It is not enough to be the smartest person in the room. Someone normal must be able to understand you. #NoteToYoungPhDGraduates It opened up an interesting discussion on FB. There were some who joked about sending

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

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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 and

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David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
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