Metro Church Alliance is launching. Metro Church Alliance is a city-centered community of churches who are committed to serving and renewing cities through a movement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that nothing promotes the peace and health of the city like the spread of faith in the gospel. It renews both individual lives and reweaves the fabric of whole neighborhoods. We believe that nothing moves Christians to humbly serve, live with, and love all the diverse people of the city like the gospel does.
Join a relational community of church planters seeking to spread the gospel by being invested in and redeeming cities.
Ekklesia 360 relaunched our website and we’re proud to announce that we have six design companies that are now partners. If your church needs a website here are the companies to contact:
Church Plant Media specializes in creating custom web sites for church plants. Through the process of working with many church planters, they recognized that the majority do not have the financial resources to create a custom web site. Church Plant Media was born to help church planters in this situation.
Aaron McClung Design is an award-winning design firm specializing in high-end custom designs. AM Design often integrates flash and cutting edge web design for churches.
316 Design is a design firm with many years of experience designing high quality professional graphics and advertising material. Their experience and professionalism can deliver for any church’s need.
MindLightning Design Group In today’s progressive society, successful churches are deploying culturally-relevant websites to create a response and impact lives. This process reaches beyond graphic design. MindLightning offers web design, print production, outreach planning, brand management services, and photography to aid churches in conveying their message of hope. The words and images you use to communicate should be bridging the gap between your church and your community. What are you showing them?
Rockbeatspaper is a design consultancy that creates simple, elegant and intuitive websites for churches and corporate clients. Rockbeatspaper has deep knowledge about web standards and modern design.
Direct Steps is spearheaded by Matt Heerema. Entering the field as a programmer, Matt has six years of experience in the Web design business. He has background in each aspect of the Web development process, and is currently obsessed with user friendliness in graphic and interface design.
Interested in becoming a Design Partner?
We continue to seek excellent partners to build the best websites for churches. If you would like to offer your church clients a state-of-the-art Content Management System and more or if you have tremendous church design experience, please contact Monk Development.
The San Diego Bootcamp for church planters and re-planters Kaleo is hosting has released most of the speakers/sessions. The Acts 29 Boot Camp is considered by many to be one of the best available. It is required for Acts 29 applicants, but is open to anyone! Are you considering planting a church? Are you ready? Nearly 80 percent of church planting attempts fail. The Acts 29 Boot Camp can help make the difference between success and casualty.
NEW: I corrected the error, you can now download the Missional Church Article & Test for your Church. [Word Doc] There is now a site dedicated to the church planting conference. (Domain www.churchbootcamp.com). Secondly, Scott Thomas, Director of Acts 29 is going to be speaking on Renewing Dying Churches and Replanting.
Great article (reminds me of the book Bowling Alone) about the shrinking circle of community in America:
“Americans, who shocked pollsters in 1985 when they said they had only three close friends, today say they have just two. The number who say they have no one to discuss important matters with has doubled to 25 percent, according to a nationwide survey to be released today.
It found that men and women of every race, age and education level reported fewer intimate friends than the same survey turned up in 1985. Their remaining confidants were more likely to be members of their nuclear family than in 1985, according to the study, but intimacy within families was down, too. The findings will be reported in the June issue of the American Sociological Review. Continue reading
As we (Kaleo) continue to talk about our call to Redeem San Diego by bringing the gospel, I’ve really been thinking about who are the people in our church who can ‘take a hill’? Knowing that Jesus Christ went out and took a hill (Calvary) that conquered all hills, we can know go out, powered by the Spirit to do the same in His name. This is done through mercy ministries, developing externally focused leaders in the church and a general sense of urgency for the mission. I’d really like to help people in our church who have been changed by the gospel (gospel pacesetters) and who now know their identity in Christ and have a heart for the least, the last and the lost but who are asking, “Now What Do I Do?” [Prophet/Priests if you are taking triperspective notes at home.] Our church must equip these people to see and develop a mission [Kingly functions] to redeem San Diego and even go to the ends of the earth.
Here are a couple of books I’ve picked up that may help develop these leaders:
The Leadership Challenge Some insight from the book:
Practice: Challenge the process
Commitments: (1) Search for opportunities and (2) Experiment and take risks
Practice: Inspire a shared vision
Commitments: (3) Envision the future and (4) Enlist others
Practice: Enable others to act
Commitments: (5) Foster collaboration and (6) Strengthen others
Practice: Model the way to the desired objectives
Commitments: (7) Set the example and (8) Plan small wins
Practice: Encourage the heart of everyone involved
Commitments: (9) Recognize individual contribution and (10) Celebrate accomplishments
Leading Change Some insight from this book: Continue reading
Kaleo Church will be the host of our first bootcamp here in San Diego on August 29-31. Speakers will include:
- Scott Thomas, Director of Acts 29 as well as 3 or 4 other A29 church planters.
- Dick Kaufmann who came from Redeemer in NY and started Harbor Presbyterian, a church planting movement here in San Diego.
- Doug Swagerty from Harbor Presbyterian will come and speak on multi-site church planting
- David Fairchild, Matt Ortiz, Drew Goodmanson (I’ll be talking about systems, technology and other practical ways to impact a city and gather people) and other local Acts 29 church planters. [I’ve also asked a few other technically savvy web people to come and teach/train people.]
A full list of speakers and their topics will be posted soon.
The sporg registration will be up and running soon, and IÄôll post it on here as well as on the A29 site so you can register. This is not limited to the Southwest if you are looking to attend and even be assessed as a potential planter. If you are already on mission, it might be good to come and get to know us anyway, as well as be fed by the main sessions.
You can get more information now and the speakers are up too…
Over the last several months, I have had several posts regarding multiperspectivalism (or triperspectivalism) but few people had comments to these posts. Yet, when I’ve had conversations with people it has been quite helpful to myself and others as a perspective for why/how we do ministry.
David Fairchild continues this thinking with the first in a three part series on multperspectivalism: Ministry through the lens of Multiperspectival Epistemology
Check out David Fairchild's 30 Traits of a Catalytic Church Planter. Here are the top 10 he lists (I don't know if he ordered these in any way).
1- Profound love for Christ.
2- Knows much about Christ theologically and experientially.
3- Is greatly motivated by the things Christ is passionate about and is able to articulate Christ’s passion to his people.
4- Understands and can articulate the multi-faceted nature of the gospel. How what Christ did upon a Roman Cross 2,000 years ago changes everything.
5- Is able to apply the gospel in a variety of settings- from preaching in every page of scripture, to counseling the broken and lost.
6- Is driven by an awareness that they are caught up in a greater story. Has an awareness of of their personal identity having significance because it is consumed into God’s greater story.
7- This then would mean that the persons biblical theology is as strong as, if not stronger, than their systematic theology.
8- A passionate preacher who never preaches an unfelt cross.
9- A good communicator to those who are not Christians.
10- An evangelist with a theological sense of urgency in what he does and says. Someone that always is aware that this sermon may be the last one he preaches before he dies, or the last one he preaches before Christ returns.
I’ve been reading Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community by Ed Stetzer & David Putnam. What has impressed me about Ed (I don’t know David but I have had the chance to meet Ed a few times) is his loose grasp on the methods and his (and the books) emphasis on the principles. So whether you are an ’emerging church’, modern church, traditional church, historical church, mega church, house church or anything in between, this book is a valuable read to assess the missional nature of your own community and begin to look at your context as a place of mission.
Breaking the Missional Code isn’t a secret ‘grow a big church through techniques’ but a thorough and practical look at people & places, who through loving people and faithfully preaching the gospel, have had a chance to see lives changed. Yet, it does offer looks at ways churches are using new methods to reach a new generation of people as well as best practices of leaders who have succeeded in ‘breaking the code’.
I’d encourage you to read Joe Thorn’s review of Breaking the Missional Code (and he links to a few other reviews as well).
I’ve had a couple people ask what we do for Deacon Development, so I thought I’d post it for anyone to use. First, we believe that the Deacon (or elder) process is just a confirmation of what God has already done. Meaning our Deacons are already active in serving and running ministries prior to our beginning the process. I meet with a group of these servant leaders on a monthly basis and try to meet with them one-on-one throughout the month. In addition to this time, here is what we do:
1. I meet with Deacon candidates and we go through The New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy with the accompanying The New Testament Deacon (Study Guide).
2. All Deacon candidates read Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road by Tim Keller.
Next, depending on the person (whether their strengths/weaknesses are Prophet, Priest or King) I recommend or work with diff’t aspects of who they are.
The above books (Ministers of Mercy & The New Testament Deacon provide a theological framework for the role of the Deacon. This means they will grow in their ‘head knowledge’ (Prophet) of the why we are called to serve, bring mercy, care for the poor, social justice and other causes. If a person is a Priest/King these books should provide a framework to accompany their love for people and ability to get things done.
If they are a strong Prophet/King I recommend books like The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller or Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire : What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People. These books are primarily aimed at working on the persons heart.
If they are a strong Prophet/Priest I work with them on systems and how to exercise dominion, books like The E-Myth, Visioneering : God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision and Cawley just recommended Getting Things Done which I’m about to read. These books are primarily trying to help the candidate plan their way out of a paper bag. This link will take you to resources I suggest if they need to grow in areas of becoming church leaders who can ‘take a hill’.