What does discipleship really mean? 


It’s been a question Stephen Johnson has been on a journey to answer for years. “Whatever discipleship means,” he says, “it must be relevant to everyone, everywhere, at all times, or it isn’t real discipleship.”


The model of whole-l...

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s. I’m not necessarily talking about the big events like they do in Times Square (although I do like to watch the ball drop on TV!). No, for me it’s all about the ‘new’ – the possibilities that it brings. A new year is a chance to mak...

The yellow light blinked slowly, alerting me that there was a problem. I asked Alexa for help, and she told me plainly, “I’m having problems connecting to the internet.” So I called the help desk to get the wireless router back online, but when the technician told me t...

I spent the first 10 years of my career in the U.S. Navy. Since that time, on several occasions after telling someone about my history, someone would say, “Thank you for your service.” I was always honored to hear it, and humbled too.

As I’ve reflected on this, it str...

Over the course of my life, I’ve had a few occasions where God has ‘redeployed’ me to a new frontline – in fact, since I began my career in the Navy, many of these were actual redeployments! Sometimes we welcome these changes. For example, I was really excited when I w...

As I was waiting in line to buy something a few weeks back, I asked myself, “What does it mean to worship God here?” I’m not sure about you, but there are few places I find less worshipful than standing in line waiting to check out. Instead, I just want to get through...

If your church is typical, you’ll have at least one person who is designated as a ‘worship leader.'  While the responsibilities of this individual vary from church to church, it often includes welcoming the congregation, offering prayers, and inviting everyone to sing...

Our church has been blessed by God with the arrival of a refugee family into our congregation. It wasn’t something we planned or prepared for, but in God’s unique and perfect way, they were added to our number.

In many ways it is clear that we were not prepared for th...

One woman that I know truly want to live out her faith at her job.  She works for the city of Cambridge, in a human resource role.  It’s somewhat ironic, since the last thing Ruth would consider people is to be a ‘resource’.  No, she sees the image of God in everyone,...

When we talk about ‘whole-life discipleship’, often what we are referring to is every aspect of our lives – our work, play, volunteering, etc.  In other words, how can we live for Christ every day of the week.  But it also means every phase of our lives.  For example,...

As a pastor I've come to realize that the Sacred Secular Divide is not a church issue but a pastor issue. The challenge for a pastor is that your profession becomes very much a part of your mental model and it becomes easy to know what to say to others. As pastors, we...

A member of our church is a postman. As part of delivering the mail, he sees who gets mail from which organizations and he's begun connecting people on his streets who are followers of Christ but who didn’t know it.  They have begun having conversations about how can w...

As part of the one degree shifts we've implemented, we’ve encouraged people to get involved in the community rather that doing more church programs.

One of the things our church got involved with was the Cub Scouts.  We have Den Leaders, Pack Leaders and so forth.  As a...

I view the Imagine Project as an approach to how you build the church out and how to build disciples. It’s not something churches can do on the margin and then move on to the next thing. It has to keep being reinforced it in sermons. It has to be reinforced in disciple...

A pastor in our most recent Imagine Learning Community wanted to ensure that the last message his congregation heard before they left the building on Sunday morning was that they were being sent back into the world to be a blessing to their frontlines. To do this, he e...

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