Suburban Spirituality: Don’t Knock the Suburbs

I’ve been reading the blogs of Joe Thorn and Steve McCoy for several years now…but in the midst of so many blogs, I just never kept up with all that they have going on. So just this week John Dyer pointed me toward their collaborative site subtext. And...

Suburban Spirituality: Church Shopping

[image from wearitdotcom] When someone says it better than I can, then my philosophy is…let them say it. So the following is a long quote from the article Suburban Spirituality: The land of SUV’s and soccer leagues tends to weather the soul in peculiar...

Suburban Spirituality: What Is Your Mission?

[image by e453753] Over the last couple of posts I have looked at the primacy of finances and family as to reasons why people often move to the suburbs. Those are two of the reasons we consider very important as well. And let me remind my readers that suburban life is...

Suburban Spirituality: Church Before Family

[image by Pink Sherbert] I mentioned earlier last week that my wife and I are thinking through where we want to move in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex when our lease is up in August.  And I stated that as we contemplate this move all sorts of questions have arisen in...

Why Bivocational? 6 Reasons Why

This is a guest post by John Sampson. John is a Residence Director who supports discipleship and missional work for  Oasis Church in Pasadena, CA.  He blogs on church mission, leadership, and life at Jon Sampson. Jon also Twitters at @jonsampson. Rhett’s recent...

Bivocational Pastors Continued: Two Statements

I don’t even know where to start. There were such great comments on my post from Monday. When I wrote the post I knew that I wasn’t the only one thinking about this topic, but it was amazing to read some great insights that I had not thought about. A...

Bivocational Pastors: Are You One?

Recently I have been thinking a lot about the topic of bivocational pastors. When I say bivocational, I mean you are a pastor, but you are not a full-time employed pastor.  Being a pastor is not your full-time vocation. There are lots of reasons I have been thinking...

Michael Trent: What Are You Passionate About?

It was approximately three years ago that I had a phone conversation with Michael Trent. He is the “Founder and Idea Engineer” of Third Place Consulting and my church at the time had asked me if I could work with Michael on the concept for our new church...

The Funnel: Making Decisions Among All The Choices

So how do you make decisions when there are so many choices out there? This is the question I have been wondering a lot about. When you are presented with various opportunities, how do you determine if your choice is the right one? I’ve been thinking about this...

The Role of Bible Technology in Shaping our Faith

More great stuff from John Dyer, BibleTech:2009-Technology is Not Neutral: How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith. This is definitely worth your listen. Really challenged me to think about the role of technology (computer, mobile phone, tv, etc.) in my life. Technology...

Jesse Phillips: What Are You Passionate About?

(Usually this series posts on Friday, but because of Easter weekend, I have posted early for tomorrow’s reflection) I first had the opportunity to meet Jesse Phillips this last January when he was in town for the Innovation3 Gathering in Dallas. He, Scott...

“How am I going to do this?”

This is a guest post by Justin Wise at BeDeviant.com. As the leader of a growing and ever-changing ministry, Immersion (we attract mostly 20- and 30-somethings), the challenges of “tending the flock” (a highly mobile flock, at that) and finding out...