When God Has Other Plans

I don’t know what the next ten years hold, but when I look back at this past year, I think I will share the story of one of the craziest, most emotional, strangest, and least expected years of my life. Many of you may relate because on top of all my individual woes, we wereContinue reading “When God Has Other Plans”

The Importance of Senders

We’re approaching a year since we all packed up our lives and moved to start this big church planting mission. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same, and we’ve all grown in many ways. How do we even post updates? Often when missionaries and ministries send update letters, it’s only a briefContinue reading “The Importance of Senders”

Christmas Cookies, Caroling and Community

I’ve been dreaming about it since we first felt called to plant a church. I can’t even really explain why. But now that we’ve done it for the first time, I’m more convinced than ever that this is going to be an annual thing. I’d like us to be known for it in our community.Continue reading “Christmas Cookies, Caroling and Community”

How to Meet Your Neighbors (even when there’s a pandemic going on)

The plan: Move 300 miles away to help plant a neighborhood church. The method: Practice radical hospitality, reaching out to our new neighbors and inviting them to be part of our lives and our house church, which will meet in the pastor’s home a few blocks away. (“Come over any time…Share a meal with us…LetContinue reading “How to Meet Your Neighbors (even when there’s a pandemic going on)”

Where should we plant our neighborhood church?

We are moving to Southern Illinois five weeks from today. Only five weeks! I can’t tell you how excited we are. We’ve already shared that the Lord has led us to plant a network of house churches. Our focus is on the proclamation of the gospel, discipleship, hospitality and reconciliation in the neighborhoods. At someContinue reading “Where should we plant our neighborhood church?”

The Church in a Covid-19 World

A week ago, we held our first virtual house church. Did I ever think those words would go together? No. Virtual and house church may seem like oxymorons, but maybe that’s because we’ve been using technology wrong all along. So often technology is used in a way that draws people out of community. We moveContinue reading “The Church in a Covid-19 World”

COVID-19, our house church, and the table of the Lord

Everything is shutting down. Here in Illinois, public restaurants are closing seating areas tomorrow. All manner of other public places have been closed for several days. And school’s out for both my son (high school) and me (grad school) … I suspect for the rest of the semester. And Saturday morning early the announcement came:Continue reading “COVID-19, our house church, and the table of the Lord”