Monthly Archives: October 2011

Missional Training #4 – Connecting over common interests

Watch this short video: 

  1. How does the church often keep us from the very people we’re supposed to meet?  How have you had to give up relationships or opportunities for church activities?
  2. How do you think Missional Communities could keep you with greater contact with people who need to know Jesus?
  3. Who in your life have you neglected to pursue your own priorities or your own spiritual nurishment?  How can you reconnect with those people?
  4. What skills, interests, and passions do you have that could be used to form relationships with the unchurched?

This week, begin praying for a few unchurched friends, make contact with a couple of them, and make plans to meet with them in the coming weeks.  Also, Continue reading The Gospel-Centred Life with Chapter 4, A life of Miricles.  Read it, return to it, live it and we’ll discuss it next week.

This is the Missional Church

This is a great video that lays out the fundamental difference between an Attractional Church model and a Missional Church model.  It begins to nudge us in the right direction that to reach people we need to embody the church, as the body of Christ, as we go out and live among the unchurched. 

Mission through Meals

I’m currently reading through: A Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community and Mission Around the Table.  It’s a great way to understand how to take a regular rhythm of life and living it with Gospel-intentionality. 

Missional training #3 – Jeff & Caesar on Missional Communities

Since I’ll be in Joplin next week with Camp Noah, I’ve given you a longer video to watch. This is from Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski from Soma Communities.  Watch the video below and consider the questions to help you process what you hear.

  1. Apologetics are a systematic defence of doctrine usually concerning the truth and validity and reliability of the Christian story, especially the resurrection.  According to Jeff, What is the strongest apologetic for the Gospel?
  2. What are our four identities as Christians according to Caesar?
  3. What does it mean that “Our being proceeds our doing”?
  4. What’s the danger of seeing Missional communities as primarily a Bible study or support group, activist group, etc?
  5. Why is it important that mission or service is connected to a people?
  6. How are we the church? 
  7. Caesar quotes what a disciple is according to John Piper.  How is that different from what you were taught about being a disciple?
  8. How many people do Jeff and Caesar suggest for each missional community?  Why are those numbers beneficial. 
  9. Why does the Gospel work we’re in cause us to grieve? 

Note:  You can get the Soma School Note’s Here which flesh out some of the ideas that they talk about such as Gospel identities and Rhythms.

For my Core Group, continue reading the Gospel-Centred Life with Chapter 3, A Life of Change

GCM Conference Audio 2011

A few weeks ago I got to travel to Huntsville Alabama to attend the GCM conference at Summit Crossings Community Church.  Summit Crossings is an awesome church, are wonderful hosts, and are passionate about the spreading and living the Gospel.  The only difficulty the whole week was when the plumbing broke and I had the pleasure of peeing outside with 300+ other men (only in Alabama).  All-in-all we learned much about the Gospel and how to commend the Gospel with our lives.  Below are the best audio from the main sessions that I wanted to share.

What is the Gospel: Jeff Vanderstelt

Generous Church: Steve Timmis

Stealth Church: Steve Timmis

A Movement of Multiplication: Jeff Vanderstelt

Update: you can now go to the GCM Website  and download 12 breakout sessions for free.

If you’re passionate about living a Gospel-centered life, missional communities, or missional living check out the GCM Collective.  GCM stands for Gospel Community Mission.  Their purpose stated on their website is:

“The GCM Collective exists to promote, create and equip Gospel Communities on Mission.

A gospel community[or missional community] is a group of believers that lives out the mission of God together as family, in a specific area to a particular people group, by declaring and demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms.  Regular people, living ordinary lives, with great gospel intentionality. 

The GCM Collective is a community that allows people to exchange ideas, resources and encouragement around topics that relate to creating gospel communities on mission.”

The GCM collective is a great community with a very active forum on various topics dealing with Missional Communites and Gospe-centered life.  The conversation is lead by Steve Timmis, Tim Chester, Jeff Vanderstelt, Caesar Kalinowski, David Fairchild, Drew Goodmanson, Jonathan Dodson You should check them out. 

Missional Training #2 – Community and Mission

Watch this video from Francis Chan,

  1. According to Chan, why was the church formed?
  2. Why do we need the church community as Christians?
  3. What are the things we substitute in our spirituality instead of the Christian life?
  4. Why do you think we focus on other things than mission?

Watch this video from Jeff Vanderstelt on Rhythms of a missional community,

Think about these questions:

  1. According to Jeff, how does Peter lay out our witness as a Christian community?
  2. Who is a worship leader in a church?
  3. What are the Gospel rhythms that Jeff shares?  How is each rhythm informed by the Gospel?  How can we use them to share and show the gospel?
  4. Note how some of the rhythms were present in Jeff’s stories.  How were Nikki and Clay reached?

For my Core Group, please continue to read the Gospel-Centred life this week with chapter 2, A life for others.  Read it, return to it, live it, and we’ll talk about it next week.

For some other great videos on Missional living and Church planting visit the Verge Network

Missional Training #1- The Meaning of Missional

Watch the above video from Jeff Vanderstelt and think about these questions? 

  1. According to Jeff, what is the purpose of life as Christians?  How is that different than the way you have viewed life?
  2. How does Jeff’s explanation of missional communities add clarity to what we can and should do with our church plant?
  3. Who does the work of the church?  What does Gospel-fluent mean?
  4. Do you agree with Jeff that the church is usually like an orphanage?  What could pastors and individuals do to change the way people grow in the faith?

For my Core Group, read the first chapter of The Gospel-Centred Life, A life for God

New Blog

My name is Ted.  I’m a pastor working to plant a new church with a great group of people.  I’m setting up this blog to engage the core group of our church plant with some great gospel centered material already free and online.  I hope that this site will not only be useful for our core group, but anyone who would like to understand how to better live the Christian life with Gospel-intentionality.  In addition to missional training, I’ll also occasionally post other theological content, writing, sermons, book reviews, as a way of sharing what I’m doing as a pastor and what has encouraged me in my walk. 

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