What a year at Verge Network!
With 98,150 unique visitors logging over 622,421 pageviews on this website, there is a lot to celebrate as we continue to advocate and champion for movements of gospel-centered missional communities. At the Verge Network, we care about what is helpful to you as you pursue the mission of God and are transformed by the Gospel. We hope that this site can continue to be a resource for you and many others to pursue Jesus and make disciple-making disciples.
But first, before looking at the Top 10 posts, let’s look at the Top 3 most visited pages (since these 3 were in the Top 10 overall, we’ll put them in their own category).
Top 3 Most Viewed Pages
3. Short Films
Jeff Vanderstelt and his Missional Community at Soma Communities share their heart for wanting to see Jesus glorified in his neighborhood and all of Tacoma, Leonce Crump and his Missional Community at Renovation Church talk about the joys and challenges of planting a church in a diverse neighborhood in Atlanta, and Lawson and Paul talk about how God is using their Missional Community to make disciples in their current context with international students at The University of Texas at Austin. These films, along with another short film telling the story of 3 missional communities in Austin, have been a source of great encouragement, and a great resource for the thousands of people that have watched them.
VERGE CONFERENCE, hosted by the Verge Network and the Austin Stone Community Church, is a four-day experience for church leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, urban innovators, business leaders, community development specialists, non-profit leaders, church planters and everyday leaders – anyone pursuing the mission of God, in community, whatever the context, for the sake of the Gospel.
Verge will resource you to make disciples who make disciples in every sphere and domain of society, advocate for the poor and oppressed, mobilize urban and global mission leaders, and champion movements of gospel-centered missional communities.
Made up of pre-conferences, post-conferences, two-days of challenging main sessions, music, workshops, networking opportunities and more, Verge 2012 is here to encourage, build up and renew all kinds of leaders engaged in the mission of God to redeem and renew. Verge 2012 is For The Gospel For The City For The Nations
With more than 120 videos of Verge speakers ranging from Francis Chan to Jo Saxton to Jeff Vanderstelt to Hugh Halter, this videos page has been extremely popular since we launched the Verge site. You just have to see it to believe it. Take a few minutes and get lost in all the content that is there on subjects ranging from discipleship and missional communities to community development and global mission.
Top 10 Most Viewed Posts
So here is a look at the Top 10 most read and visited posts of 2011:
In these 7 videos, Alan Hirsch explains and articulates the DNA of Gospel Movements, the dynamics that lead to the rapid, indigenous multiplication of the gospel.
Missional is not an event we tack onto our already busy lives. It is our life. Mission should be the way we live, not something we add onto life: “As you go, make disciples”; “Walk wisely towards outsiders”; “Let your speech always be seasoned with salt”; “be prepared to give a defense for your hope”. We can be missional in everyday ways without overloading our schedules. This article by Jonathan Dodson gives 8 practical and easy steps to being missional without adding anything to your schedule.
What would it look like if, as leaders, we focused less on the things that make our churches entertaining and more on making disciples?
Want to know how NOT to make disciples? In this humorous and insightful 2 minute video clip from the Verge Conference, Francis Chan begins to answer the question, “How can we make true disciples of Jesus?”
Want to know how to have real community? In this 2 minute video clip from the Verge Conference, Francis Chan begins to answer the question that so many of us are asking – how can we have real community? The answer that Francis gives might surprise you.
Many times it’s difficult to find practical ways to be a blessing in your workplace. Rapid pace, mounting deadlines, or co-worker conflict can often derail even the best of intentions to say and show the love of Jesus at work. In this article Josh Reeves sharesÂ some very practical ideas for blessing others in your workplace.
Sometimes the very idea of engaging our neighborhoods can seem overwhelming or complicated. Here are 25 simple ways you can engage your neighborhood and your neighbors. Also, another very popular post was the follow-up to this one calledÂ 25 More Ways To Be Missional In Your Neighborhood.
We asked some of the leading thinkers and practitioners to answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions about missional communities. Here is a compilation of articles from our first question: What is a missional community?
We spent several months with leading thinkers and practitioners to answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions about missional communities.
Mike Breen is brutally honest about the state of the missional movement that has emerged in the last 10-15 years. His assessment? Chances are better than not it’s going to fail. There is a reason so many movements in the Western church have failed in the past century: They are a car without an engine. A missional church or a missional community or a missional small group is the new car that everyone is talking about right now, but no matter how beautiful or shiny the vehicle, without an engine, it won’t go anywhere. That engine is disciple-making, Mike asserts, and without this the movement will go nowhere.