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Post: Resting In Jesus

  He wants me to rest in Him and invites me into what He is doing for His glory. That doesn’t sound like a burden that sounds like freedom. I remember it well. I was sitting in my dining room…


Post: There Is Rest Waiting For You

A non-rested person has little capacity to live in Christ’s way. Like the first disciples, what many of us need is for Jesus to stand and still the storm (Mark 4:35–41). And like those first disciples, standing in awe of who…


Post: The Beauty of Rest

  Sabbath ceasing means to cease not only from work itself but also from the need to accomplish and be productive, from the worry and the tension that accompany our modern criterion of efficiency, from our efforts to be in…


Resource: Practicing Rest and Solitude

While you might consider life as a disciple to be filled with activity, one of the more important invitations Jesus gives us is rest. Solitude and silence work together in disciplining our hearts…

Sabbath Rest

Resource: Sabbath Rest

One of the biggest hinderances to living on mission is our complete exhaustion born out of a belief that we can do life apart from God. We falsely believe we can do the things of God apart from God…


Post: Walk in a Redeemed Life of Leadership

  Not only did we repent and believe the gospel publicly, we also walked in redemption and healing. We set our sights on learning from Jesus what it meant to follow Him while serving His church. As pastors, we must…


Post: Sabbath Action

  “Man was created on the sixth day right before God rested, so man was created as it were to enjoy the weekend with God.” – Michael Wilcock Summer Camp and the Already but Not Yet Reality During most of…


Post: Making Space for Heart Renewal

  (Part two in the Everyday Sabbath Rest series from David Achata.) The Holy Spirit grows people so they can work from a rested place. We’re prone to unbelief. Doubting God is in charge and that He’ll care for the needs of…


Post: Leading Well

  It was not a question I ever expected; it was not a question I ever thought I’d have to answer. A half-week into the COVID-19 lockdown, I ended an email to a pastor with the phrase, “Let me know…


Post: Re-Ordering Your Loves

  Restlessness is an indicator that something’s gotten out of whack. (Part three in the Everyday Sabbath Rest series from David Achata.) About 1,600 years ago, Augustine of Hippo prayed to God, saying, “You have made us for yourself, and our…


Page: Making Space Resources

Below is a collection of free exercises created for the Making Space study - click on any image or button to go to that study to download. One of the biggest hinderances to living on mission is our complete exhaustion...

Post: The Call & The Wilderness

  Scripture shows consistently that when God calls someone, he sends them to the wilderness. If it’s an important enough category for God, then we need one too.  Moses, Israel, David, Elijah, the Apostle Paul, even Jesus all were sent…


Post: From Jaded to Jeweled

  A guy who has hung around on the outskirts of our missional community sent a message asking for gas money this week.  He said he missed us, but he has been going to another local church. My gut reaction…


Post: Future Victory and Present Joy

    We find ourselves between two arrivals – the first in Jesus in Bethlehem and the second as He comes again. We stand between resurrection and restoration.  That’s precisely why this season is so important; it locates our hope,…


Post: Unforced Rhythms of Grace

  Life has rhythms. Learning to go with these rhythms was how Jesus organized His life. Jesus criticized His opponents in this area once by saying, “You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you…


Post: How Missional Community Life Exposes Unbelief

  When we feed our hearts with the gospel and allow God to influence our lives rather than the world’s theology, we will be strengthened to fulfill our calling to make disciples. Sooner or later every MC faces a standstill;…


Page: Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How do we make disciples during a global health crisis? We’ve never led disciples through a pandemic. Until recently, we hadn’t led missional communities on Zoom nor thought of ways to be on mission to our neighbors while keeping six...

Post: Gospel Saturation in Mexico

  Seems like the perfect place to get carjacked or kidnapped”, I thought while driving down the street. In the distance, dozens of apartment buildings pierced the skyline. A single street to get in or out. It’s the area of…


Post: Sharing Hope with Not-Yet-Believing Neighbors

  This post is part of a series on Caring and Sharing Hope during COVID-19. If you haven’t yet, read the first post in the series here. Not-yet-believers have been and will be deeply affected by COVID-19. If they’re not connected…


Post: Care in the Family of God

  This post is part of a series on Caring and Sharing Hope during COVID-19. If you haven’t yet, read the first post in the series here. What Might a “Care Call” Look Like? Prepare Well and Ask Good Questions…


Post: What Really Counts? 

When your focus is activity, you can get people to do good things. But what happens when they are done doing those things? Our experience has been that they’ll come back for instructions on what to do next. In this…


Post: Recovering Liturgy

  This is part one in a five-part series on Gospel Liturgy, check out the full series here. “Liturgy” is a loaded word. For some, liturgy drums up memories of musky pews and lifeless chapels. Many consider liturgy a formulaic…


Post: Go… But First, Wait

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized  with…


Post: Beginnings Matter

Check out part one of our Gospel Liturgies series here.   A single mom stumbles through the foyer, dragging a sobbing infant who’s sick for the third time this winter. A pair of empty-nesters stroll in smiling after a silent…


Post: It Starts with the Life of the Preacher

This post is part of a teaching series on Catalyzing Mission through Preaching. Read part one, part two, part three, part four and part five. You Must Be on Mission The only way to preach missionally is to have relationships with friends and neighbors who do not…


Post: A Humble Baby?

    “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,     though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me     one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old,     from ancient times.” Therefore Israel…


Post: Accepting Ordinary Invitations

  My wife Bethany and I are suckers for weird artsy puppet shows, so of course we were pumped to see that Fort Worth’s Amphibian Theater was producing just that with Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities. We grabbed a few friends and…


Post: Redefining Team Leadership

  Most established churches in North America speak of the value of team leadership, yet the outworking, from church to church, varies widely. In one church, “team leadership” is what Jim Collins has aptly termed “a-genius-with-a-thousand-helpers.” Here team leadership means…


Post: Take A Walk . . .

  About a year ago I picked up a book from Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola called Jesus Speaks – Learning to Recognize & Respond to the Lord’s Voice. It was ten dollars well spent. I enjoyed the first half of…

making space leader kit by jeff vanderstelt

Resource: Making Space Leader Kit

The discussions and exercises in this 8-week interactive handbook provide a step-by-step immersion of your mind, heart, soul, and life in the gospel.


Post: What is Racism?

Cultural terms have a range. Racism is no exception.  Effective transcultural missionaries have the humility to recognize the influence of their own cultural presuppositions. They know they must devote themselves to active listening in order to love and lead well….


Post: Being the Church Everyday

  Church is not a building. Church is not an event. Church is the people of God filled with the presence of God set apart for the purposes of God in the world. For this reason, we must commit to…


Post: How Do You Create a Culture of Heart Care?

  Part 5 in the 6 Questions We Answer Again and Again series. How does a culture like this care for members’ hearts? A church organized around missional communities—a vision of church that focuses on getting people wrapped into the…


Post: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas

  Cultural celebrations are not man-made institutions. Like much of God’s creation, holidays can be—and have been—distorted for all sorts of less-than-holy purposes. But what if “Santa” really isn’t an anagram for “Satan”? What if we can we redeem this…


Post: Mystified by Easter

  If I’m perfectly honest, I’ve always been somewhat mystified by Easter. While I understand the Scriptural truths behind it, I haven’t been able to put a finger easily on why it is such a big deal for my own life…


Post: A Child and Big Government

  Wherever he reigns, His thriving and flourishing will be there, too! His law is peace. On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry of England married Meghan Markle in Windsor, England. The event was marked by the usual fanfare of such…