Dope Church is a growing community of Christians committed to being family with their neighbors struggling in addiction, the sex industry, and the criminal lifestyle.
Defunding Planned Parenthood is needed, but God’s love calls us to more. 5 thoughts about what the church can do next.
What does it reveal about our missiology and biblical convictions whenever we think it is strange to advocate that those first century church planting teams have something to teach us?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb_eSHzCjws John Piper shares when he saw the local people in his congregation who were passionate about the neighborhoods, the homeless, abortion, drugs and other local issues... More...
"If we're motivating people with an inspiring moment, guilt, shame and fear, or even a paycheck we give them every other week, then we are not motivated by the Gospel. And I for one don't want to be a part of a movement that isn't motivated by the love of Jesus." Neil Cole
If the Gospel doesn't motivate your people, then you can shout and scream and dance and try to motivate them and you'll never see a movement. Find out why.
1. DON'T EXPECT EVERYONE TO "GET IT" This is where leaders get hung up a lot: they read a book (like Total Church), go to a conference (like Verge), develop a man crush on a leader (like Jeff Vanderstelt), ... More...
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.
Find out from Hugh Halter why he thinks Jesus was sacrilegious with Scripture.
Todd Engstrom describes what a missionary is.
Legalism, moralism, obligation, vision, or energy will not be able to sustain incarnational mission. Find out what can.
The very reason many people are not stepping out in mission is because they're not willing to die for the One who died for them. If you get over that, nothing will stop you.
"The biggest mistake I made was I told people to go be Jesus to people. None of you can be Jesus to people - only Jesus can be Jesus to people." - Jeff Vanderstelt
Here's how I know you're not really on mission... You're not walking in the rhythms of the life of the people who are there. If you only see them once in a while you're not on mission with them.
"The God of the Universe comes and dwells in obscurity for 30 years, and He's not noticed. Are we willing to not be noticed?"
Every culture, every neighborhood, every pocket of people has its own celebrations - your job as a Christian is to engage in the celebration with those people.
Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski tackle this tough question in this clip from the Verge Conference.
If the church is going to faithfully rebirth herself in the Western context and cultivate a fruitful missional ethos, she must awaken the five equippers to live as cultural architects who awaken the entire community to join God in the renewal of all things.