Meals and Mutual Personal Storytelling Are Beginning to Transform America’s Toughest High School by David Sanford Most of us have been trained to tell our testimony—our story of how Jesus Christ has changed our lives. That is so important. These days,
Vision Leak Andy Stanley said it famously: “Vision leaks.” We passionately cast vision from the Sunday morning stage, and every ounce of so-called clarity has leaked out before people pull out of the parking lot. For years, I’ve interpreted his statement mostly through the lens of
Frequently, I’m asked how a neighborhood group is different from the simple call of Jesus to love your neighbors. The approach really comes down to how we see mission. We are all called to reach out to those around us
What if you had spent the last 40-50 years tying your shoes a certain way, and someone came along with a way of tying your shoes that was completely different? What if they promised you it would be much more
After attending last year’s Neighborhood Collective Gathering in Longmont, several of our staff came away with a desire to replace some of the labor intensive children’s programs with something more impactful and neighborhood oriented. For many years we have
You can’t underestimate the importance of expectations. Everyone who gathers in a community comes together with a set of expectations. “We’re here to study the Bible.” “We’re here to connect with each other.” “We’re here to make a difference in
In a recent conversation with a friend in the neighboring movement, I said, “You can’t convince large churches to shift to a neighboring model because they don’t think anything is wrong.” Many large churches are growing in attendance and/or budgets.
Acts 2:46-47 “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the LORD added to their
Most of us in ministry have gotten used to going to conferences and workshops over the years. There is often worship, media, and a variety of speakers. We sit in a main session or even a breakout session listening to
Keep it simple. The morning main session featured Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, authors of The Art of Neighboring. They’ve worked with hundreds of pastors who have put the principles of the book into practice in their church and communities.