Kaleo One Year Later: Why I haven't been posting as often

Over the year or so I have posted numerous entries regarding our shift to a decentralized way of being the church. As we began to go through this shift, I often posted what we were discussing and thinking Kaleo Church would begin to look like. You may have noticed in the last 9 months my posts decreased. This is because I wanted to actually do what we were talking about.

“Tell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it off” (1 Kings 20:11).

Now, as this transition (and much of what I wrote in theory) has begun to take shape (in ways we imagined and ways we did not imagine). In fact, the beginning of this year has been very difficult where we lost about 1/3 of our people due to varying circumstances. In contrast, the last 3 months have been more of a blessing to me than any period of Kaleo’s existence as much fruit has been seen in the live’s of people around me.

I am currently working on a shared document to re-communicate the ideas from these posts from what we learned through our own experience as well as from our interaction with communities we share values with. It should deal with the way we do church, eldership, community and develop people within these structures. I hope by posting it we are able to continue to learn from one-another and share the vision of how we plan to do what we believe it means to be a local church.

There are a couple things that are still in theory. For example, at the end of this year we will endeavor to begin the planting process as discussed in Organic Movement – Reverse Church Planting. So this will still be an area where we will need to learn as we go through this process next year. Secondly, we are actively re-thinking our discipleship process which we see as core to the future of the Kaleo Community. So this will be very much a work-in-progress.

If you missed much of the last year, here is a abbreviated listing of the transition at Kaleo:

  • Chris Marlow

    September 18, 2008, 9:55 am

    Thanks for taking time to share your story with the rest of us. Its a blessing to the global church.

  • Michael Foster

    September 19, 2008, 6:36 pm

    Thanks for leading the way! Your sacrifice hasn’t just benefited Kaleo but many others, such as myself, who have learned so much from you guys. Thanks again.

  • Steve Adams

    September 21, 2008, 7:32 pm

    Thank you for your dedication and time spent on this subject. Rochelle and I were both infected with the Gospel and this type of missiological thinking while attending Kaleo. Personally, I have been greatly effected by the many conversations, meetings, studies/classes, etc. with you and the other elders at Kaleo… they have contributed and shaped who I am today. As I continue to learn more about what I believe and why, it’s amazing I find myself captivated by the Gospel, most passionate about mission and the church. (which is in response to what Christ has already done for us) I will continue to read through, download the PDF’s, etc. There is so much to consider here and sometimes I feel like I have soo much catching up to do. I really like the a quote from Alan Hirsch in his book, The Shaping of things to come, something like, “our Christogly determines our missiolgy, which determines our ecclessiology.”

    Be encouraged my brother, these conversations are going on in other missional communities… Even in NorCal. And we just started a new series today in the book of Acts.

    Hope to talk soon,

  • Steve Hart

    September 24, 2008, 9:16 am


    How about a post or two on what you’ve learned as you’ve led your people into this? What questions have they asked that have been hardest to answer? How have the balked at the ideas, and how have you shepherded them? How many people have left, and why? That would be helpful for us as we walk this journey, too.


  • Rick

    September 24, 2008, 3:53 pm

    Thanks for the info. I’m especially interested in the conference you held – Total Church. You made available a couple of the sessions and was wondering if you plan to make available the remaining sessions. Or are they available via mp3 downloads?

  • Jack Allen

    September 27, 2008, 7:37 am

    Dear Drew,
    You are clearly one of the better thinking church planters in the US. Much of this is due, perhaps, to your transparency. You are close to the Kingdom of Jesus when you help the rest of us learn how to advance the Kingdom in sensible ways. I await your conclusions eagerly. May the Lord continue to inspire your work.
    100,000 blessings,
    Dr. Jack Allen
    New Orleans Seminary

  • Stephanie

    October 7, 2008, 10:38 am

    Maybe you should consider preaching on the Song of Solomon to increase attendance?
    1,000,000 blessings,
    Dr. Stephanie Drury, Esq.

  • D. Goodmanson

    October 7, 2008, 3:24 pm

    Stephanie, you really want to earn that title of Queen of Sarcasm! 🙂

  • Stephanie

    October 8, 2008, 7:19 am

    Oh dear, yeah I don’t want to be sarcastic in the terms of its root word (flesh-eating) – I have a hard time separating sarcasm from irony though. I’m talking about that a lot in counseling.
    Anyway, did you see that Dr. Jack Allen’s website? It is a riot!