Missional Living Everyday, Everywhere

One last thought from Total Church that I hope will become part of the DNA for the Dahlonega Church Plant.  They quote the “Imagine” report, saying, “[name your location] will never be reached until we create open, authentic, learning and praying communities that are focused on making whole-life disciples who live and share the Gospel…

Mission and Community

One more blurb today from Total Church, by Chester and Timmis, who say, “Church planting puts mission at the heart of church and church at the heart of mission.” This is to say that new churches are by nature and necessity missional. They are geared toward and passionate about exposing new people to the gospel…

The Foundation of Spiritual Maturity

Thanks to Jon Huggins for lending me a wonderful book entitiled, Total Church: A Reshaping Around Gospel and Community, by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, along with their companion volume/workbook, The Gospel-Centered Church. One line this morning that recharged my heart was this: “Union with Christ (ie, full, legal and relational acceptance by God) is…

Deer and move update

This morning while driving out of our driveway in the cul-de-sac a doe and her fawn crossed our street and then stared at me as I drove by. Then, tonight as Kristy and I were coming home from a dinner with a group of fellow church planters, we were greeted by a nice buck. One…

Clean Requires Dirty

Today we had a  company clean our rental house in preparation for our “walk through” on Friday.  I found it interesting that in order to get our home really clean, the four folks who came over had to sweat and get really dirty. They took on our dust and dirt while scrubbing.  In order for…

Church Planting as a Marathon

I received an email today from a fellow church planter. The title was “13 Keys to Church Planting” (written by Craig Groeschel), and at the top of the list was #1: “Church Planting is not a sprint. It is a marathon.”  I really needed to hear that. Even though we just moved into our new…

Moving…

We have been moving into our new home in Dahlonega since Saturday and hope to have everything up there today.  Since we are inundated with boxes, and do not have internet at our new home yet, blogging may be sparse for a few days. But when I resurface, it will be as an official church…

Moving…

We have been moving into our new home in Dahlonega since Saturday and hope to have everything up there today.  Since we are inundated with boxes, and do not have internet at our new home yet, blogging may be sparse for a few days. But when I resurface, it will be as an official church…

Before the Cross There is Only “We”

In the latest edition of Leadership Journal, Rick McKinley, pastor of the Imago Dei Community in Portland, contributed an article entitled “Why We Do Justice (It’s not Because We Feel Guilty).”  One quote really struck me as profound and helpful. Before the cross there is no chasm between those with a need and those with…

Closing Day

Well, today is closing day on our new house. We have the walk-through at 2:30 and closing is at 4:00. Then we’ll grab dinner and go by to do some vaccuming and cleaning before moving tomorrow.

Black Widow

Check out this highly venomous, female Black Widow spider that Schaeffer found under a rock in our backyard. Yikes!

Most Important Characteristics for a Church Planter

A recent Acts 29 Network survey from experienced church planters revealed the top three, most important characteristics for a church planter. In order, they are: Spiritual Vitality (gospel-faith, walking in the Spirit, abiding in the Vine, praying like a child, living in dependence, etc.) Strong Marriage & Family Life (nurturing my primary relationships) Theological Clarity…