When Churches Forget What it Means to be Sent

“Missional” is a bit of a buzzword these days in Christian thinking circles, as churches struggle with what it means to be “the church” in the 21st century. For sure, Christ wasn’t mincing words when he spoke the Great Commission just...

How Your Church Can Escape the Happiness Trap

How do you evaluate church? How do you decide if your congregation is doing well? While many factors influence how a person answers these questions, a popular measure is the “happiness factor.” Essentially, members ask themselves how happy or content the...

Fresh Expressions Unique Mission to ‘Unchurched’

“Who will never be reached with the Gospel if we only do church like we do now?” I recently joined more than a dozen other church leaders from around the country in Alexandria, Va., to explore this question with Bishop Graham Cray, an evangelical Anglican...

Becoming a Church That’s on Mission With God

Perhaps one of the greatest and simplest inventions of the last century was the map at the mall with the dot that marked the spot where you were standing when you read the map: “You are here.” On one occasion, I thought to myself, “Where else would I...