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My buddy Jonathon has started a new blog Church Planting Novice. Check it out and follow hos church planting journey. He’s a great writer/thinker and I’m looking forward to watching his church make an impact here in Austin.

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Tonight we will be hosting an event called Stories From Africa. Click the link for details.

Steven & Amy will be sharing a bit of their experiences while in Africa the past two years. Looking forward to that.

Also, Kyle Lent will be performing after the conversation. You won’t want to miss him.

Props to Charles and Crestview for hosting the event. They have one of the best “church” coffee shops around.

If you live in Austin, feel free to come and hang out.

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Next Thursday we will be hosting an event called Stories From Africa. Click the link for details.

Steven & Amy will be sharing a bit of their experiences while in Africa the past two years. Looking forward to that.

Also, Kyle Lent will be performing after the conversation. You won’t want to miss him.

Props to Charles and Crestview for hosting the event. They have one of the best “church” coffee shops around.

Can’t wait for this event.

I noticed a bad habit. I no longer read blogs that have a lot of content. I always mark them to read later. So this morning I was wondering why this problem exist? The answer is simple-I’m busy. Life goes fast, work and kids have taken a ton of time and mental energy the past few weeks.

However-I do see a problem. As a leader, I have to always be learning. I keep trying to re-program my mind to slow down. My job as an Elder/Pastor is not to check off a ton of to-do list items. But I love to do that, it makes me feel better, more productive and useful.

But it’s not…I think we pastors forget that our main priority is to be men/women of God. My true job is to hear the voice of God and to make sure we (my local church community) stays on-mission.

Carl over a the Revival Blog asked me what ONE book I would recommend to future church planters. Man, that is such a tough question. So many great reads. But if I had to choose one book to give to a church planter-off the top of my head I would recommend Erwin McManus book An Unstoppable Force.

This book is not a specific book on church planting…Instead the book really deals with the idea of movement from a church’s perspective.

From Erwin’s website:

An Unstoppable Force will:

  • Challenge you to see God’s vision for the mission and purpose of the church.
  • Help you to explore specific changes in the culture that call for immediate change in the church.
  • Offer practical ways for your church to find its unique voice and identity to express Christ’s love and faith to your culture.
  • Present interactive questions in each chapter to foster discussion about the life of your church, its focus on Christ, and how it can be a richer influence on your culture.

Had a blast hanging out with Jonathan Dodson at Progress Coffee. Jonathan is a church planter who is beginning to gather a core team that will launch a church in downtown Austin. Rock on!

Man I love church planters. These cats take a lot of risk, most folks have no clue how hard it is to start something from the ground up. Please say a prayer for him and feel free to throw some funds his way.

Shalom

Saturday, while working-out I listened to Craig Groeschel message he gave at the Buzz Conference. I’m now a huge fan of that dude….So real.

He asked the pastors in the audience “when was the last time they had an unsaved person at their house?” BTW, the plumber does not count-sorry!

I think we pastors have no clue the impact that we can make. But maybe we are just too busy “doing” church work that we are not “missional.” We tell our people to “love the lost” and “be missional.” Maybe we think we are automatically missional when we do church stuff…? But I think not. We are missional when we move into our city and neighborhoods and “live out the mission” that we want our people to live out.

I think the church staff should be inviting and bringing more people to church then anyone else. And if we can’t do that we should not expect our people to do it!

My friend (whom I’ve never met, but still consider a friend) and pastor of Quest Church in Seattle sent me this link. Basically The Stranger-which is the alternative newspaper in Seattle sent reporters to 30 churches. They did a quick write-up on each church. It’s always good to get a fresh perspective and I was able to learn a lot.  At the same time I thought the reporters themselves did a poor job and lacked professionalism. Anyhow, good info to know. Thanks Eugene for sending me the link.

I love to connect. I love conversations. I love people who are striving to be missional. Yesterday I was able to hang out with Allen Rigg at Genuine Joe Coffeehouse.

Allen pastors a rather large Calvary Church here in Austin. If you hung out with him you would have no clue how many folks attend his church. Truthfully, I learned a lot about humility and grace from him yesterday.

We had some great conversations about the emerging church, theology, and culture. Man I get so pumped when I have those conversations.  We discussed some issues with church planting. We need more…Their is simply not enough churches being planted to keep up with the population growth. Yet, we (American/Global church) seem to be having a hard time training and funding new churches.

I really wonder what it will take to build effective healthy churches? On one hand it’s spiritual. On the other it’s practical. Maybe next week I will try and post some more thoughts on this issue. I really think my past church planting experiences have really helped shape me in this area. I can help people learn from my mistakes. But the biggest issue to me is this-From the top down-We just don’t seem to have a good grasp on church planting. Some succeed, most fail…And the majority just simply struggle. Why is that?

Shalom from Austin!

I really enjoyed my meeting with Michael. We ate lunch at Kerbey Lane Cafe, which is a local Austin favorite.

Michael is the Community Pastor for The Austin Stone Community Church. We had a great time discussing all things community and mission. Rich conversation that led me to think and re-think how and why we do Community Groups.

Of course he also hooked me up with a book that he promised  would “wreck” my world. Fun, just what I need. I loved Michael’s heart and passion for community, mission and all things gospel. It’s good to connect with like-minded folks and dream.