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Post: Gospel Rooted | Day by Day

MONDAY   Who is God? God is our perfect Father. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we…


Post: Digging In

  Starting over is hard. Humans are creatures of habit – we like comfort. A year ago our family moved from Tacoma to Seattle. It was a quick decision but not one we took lightly. We had lived in Tacoma…


Page: How to Share Your Story

Life Inside a Story Everyone has a Dominant Story Every person you encounter, every community you enter into, and every culture you engage has a dominant story with many sub-stories. The dominant story is the most prominent, compelling, and controlling...

Post: Saturating our College Campuses

  Saturate’s vision is to see a gospel saturation movement happen in North America and beyond. We want to partner with God, like-minded churches, organizations, and individuals as He brings about the vision of seeing every man, woman, and child…


Post: A Life of Discipleship

  Part of our own discipleship is “paying it forward”: seeing God not only work in us, for our own discipleship, but also seeing him work through us, for others’ discipleship The person and work of Jesus cannot remain as…


Post: Don’t Just Start a Church; Establish a Family

  Too often, we seek to establish infrastructure (our organization, church, etc.) first before actually living on mission in our context. Early in the life of Blueprint I watched a YouTube documentary about gangs. The documentary revealed why most young…


Post: Unleashing Disciple-Makers

  When I was six, my dad told me, “Son, you have a God-given talent.” I just finished my first football game and had a good game. For better or worse, those words shaped my identity for years. I doubt…


Post: Strong Helpers to a Broken World

  What did Christ’s life and death bring that empowers you and me to live confidently as God’s strong helpers (Genesis 2:18) in a broken world? Although the gospel is a bigger concept than one blog post this size can…


Post: Jesus in Normal, Everyday Conversations

  Recently in our Saturate Online Community discussion forum a question was proposed:”Why don’t we talk about Jesus in our normal, everyday conversations?” I believe this is a layered challenge rooted with varying levels of fears, unbelief, lack of equipping,…


Post: The Gospel and Risk

  What if? What if the worst-case scenario happens? The single mom steals some silverware, the foster child hits you with a toy, the homeless person steals your wallet? What then? We live in a risky world. The American church seems…


Post: Reweaving What Is Torn

  Where are the dry places that need life? Habakkuk 2:14 tells us a day is coming when the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord will fill the earth like the water covers the sea. Recently I woke early…


Post: How Do You Train MC Leaders?

  (You can read the next part in the How Do We Do It series here.) There are stories out of Dallas, Texas, of an infamous Young Life director who operated like a mafia boss. He was never in the…


Post: How is a Church-On-Mission Organized?

  (You can read the next part in the How Do We Do It series here.) Life is the program, and everyday is the mission.  At one of the recent Saturate Every Day events, Jeff Vanderstelt and I were answering…


Post: Four Steps for a Successful Donor Meeting

(Part three in the Raising Financial Support series from Tim Parlier. Read part four here.) Let’s turn our attention from the internal struggle of support-raising and look at a variety of specific pragmatics to help you get and stay funded. This time I…


Post: Why Did God Have to Come?

  (Enjoy part two in a new series called Celebrating Advent. You can read part three here.) “Why did God have to come, anyway?” Christmas is a magical time for kids as they see the glow of lights, trees in the…


Page: Everyday Rhythms

How do we disciple people in the everyday stuff of life in the areas of eating, listening, and story? In the first part of this Everyday Rhythms training, Jeff Vanderstelt shares how we can live out our identities through these key…


Post: Starting a Missional Community? Listen.

  Being faithful isn’t a daily grind we have to strategize. “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.” John 5:20 This text is one of the most compelling parts of scripture. It’s…


Resource: The Importance of the Gospel

Video 1 in the series. A 10-week training on gospel, community, and mission, designed to lay the foundations of life in Christ, life in community, and life on mission.


Resource: Gospel Basics

A 10-week training on gospel, community, and mission, designed to lay the foundations of life in Christ, life in community, and life on mission.


Post: “Undoing” Wrong Thinking

  Getting believers to obey God together in the midst of non-Christians is one of the most powerful witnesses to the gospel we have. I recently sat down with Brian Daniel from LifeWay‘s Groups Ministry blog to talk about helping churches and…


Post: The Search for Meaning

(Part four in the Recovering Missional Moxie series from Alan Hirsch. Read part five here.) We are all born into a culture that gets to shape us—in fact, disciple us—from the time of birth to death. The overwhelming economic and social environment in…


Post: The Sacred vs the Secular

  (Post eight in an eleven-part series from Alan Hirsch. Read part seven here.) We live as if there is an insurmountable distance between the “sacred” and the “secular.” One of the important dimensions of incarnational mission is to break…


Post: Listen to the Culture’s Stories

  (Post six in an eleven-part series from Alan Hirsch. Read post five here.) Don’t presume you really know what’s going on. A few years ago I ran and organized a conference called St. Paul Goes to the Movies. The idea…


Post: Am I Called to Lead?

  There are three more “typical” ways God calls people into leadership. Sometimes, people are led to start a missional community through, what most of us would call, the spectacular. They have a dream, and see seemingly bizarre signs, or…


Post: Church Planting: 3 Key Steps

  As honest and experienced church planters will tell you, there are mountains of work that go into planting a church. “Three steps” in any title barely scratches the surface of the prayer, planning, people-gathering, fund-gathering, and other preparation that…


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: We Need to Believe the Gospel for Ourselves

  Christ died for you. You are loved, and you are His son or daughter (1 John 3:1). He has empowered you with His Spirit to be His witness (Acts 1:8). He will work in you and through you as…


Post: Everyday Endings

  If we are are a sent people, (which we are!), and we have been united with Christ (which we have!), then we undoubtedly can live as His sent people to bring the good news to those around us. A…


Post: Everyday Redemption

  God is in the business of renewal. We all have experienced His care as he brings out beauty from ashes in our own lives. Christ has redeemed his people, and is redeeming new areas of our life all the…


Post: God’s Calling, Man’s Driving

  If you’re a leader reading this, be encouraged: your mission is to teach people to be content with waiting on the Lord. “For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many…


Post: Transitioning in the Bible Belt

  This is a guest post by Paul Whaley. Paul is the Lead Teaching Pastor of Summit Crossing Community Church. He has helped to lead out in transitioning Sc3 community groups from primarily being inward focused to becoming missional communities over…


Post: What God Has Done With Us

  This post is guest written by Tim Cain. Tim is an elder over preaching, leading missional communities, training up and discipling leaders, counseling, and casting and protecting the vision of Kaleo Church in El Cajon, CA. Tim has a B.A. in pastoral studies…


Post: The Gospel Isn’t a Cul-De-Sac

  The cul-de-sac was a phenomenal invention for the suburbs. It created a safe and peaceful place for families to raise children. No one passed through. In fact, the only time strangers can appear is after a wrong turn and…