Category Archives: Missional Christianity

Study: Selflessness Leads to Spiritual Maturity

I’m an Ed Stetzer fan. Among other things, Stetzer works with Lifeway to do research on the state of the contemporary church. They recently interviewed nearly 3,000 church members to determine their level of spiritual maturity and what influenced the … Continue reading

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Ministry Ideas: How to Train a Church to Both Serve and Evangelize

I get emails — We’ve begun teaching the servant example of Jesus and looking at examples of the many successful groups in Asia Minor in the 1st century, particularly how they were able to enter a godless community and yet … Continue reading

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Attractional vs. Missional: A Presentation by Alan Hirsch, Part 5 (The Holy Laundromat)

This one is entirely experimental, as described in a comment by reader Adam several weeks ago. Here is my wife’s idea – and I think it’s brilliant!! … Laundromats exist in low-income, neglected areas. Laundromats are already a meeting and … Continue reading

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Attractional vs. Missional: A Presentation by Alan Hirsch, Part 4 (The Trailer Park Small Group)

This is a tough one to write about — because it makes me feel small. Let me explain. A friend of mine, a little older than me, and his wife raised two children they adopted as infants. I think the … Continue reading

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Attractional vs. Missional: A Presentation by Alan Hirsch, Part 3 (The Angel Tree Ministry)

Okay … I’m going to do something that may prove deeply stupid. It won’t be the first time, but sometimes you just got to try things. I’m going to offer a series of examples of missional efforts by an attractional … Continue reading

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Attractional vs. Missional: A Presentation by Alan Hirsch, Part 2

Now, what does this mean for the contemporary church? What does Alan Hirch’s teaching mean for a Church of Christ’s leadership? Well, let me suggest a handful of thoughts — I’ve spoken to a surprising number of preachers who struggle … Continue reading

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Attractional vs. Missional: A Presentation by Alan Hirsch, Part 1.5 (A Guest Post by Charles McLean)

[Very occasionally, I move a comment from a reader to the main posts, to make certain the readers who only subscribe to the posts read it. This comment by Charles McLean takes the discussion in an excellent direction.] [The last … Continue reading

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Attractional vs. Missional: A Presentation by Alan Hirsch, Part 1

A fuller version of the same presentation may be found here.

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Resident Aliens: Chapter 3, Part 2 (Revolution)

We’re working our way through Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Williamson, published in 1989. Christian ethics, as a cultivation of those virtues needed to keep us on the journey, are the ethics … Continue reading

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Everything Must Change: Chapter 5 (Framing stories)

We’re considering Brian McLaren’s 2007 book Everything Must Change: When the World’s Biggest Problems and Jesus’ Good News Collide. [American Christianity] has focused on “me” and “my soul” and “my spiritual life” and “my eternal destiny,” but it has failed … Continue reading

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