The coffee’s hot. The spice bread is on the plate. Your living room is about to become a vortex designed to draw people into a whole new world. Call it the doors forming the portal to Narnia; call it the first step on the road leading away from the shire; call it the first visit to the Mos Eisley spaceport with Obi Won…Either way, a whole magical world is about to open up for them beyond the wardrobe…A new adventure is unfolding down the road from the Frodo’s front door “And wither then? I cannot say…” This spaceship is about to take off and tackle the forces of the evil Empire… AN UNEXPECTED PARTY
Every great adventure starts with a meeting of the minds. Bilbo got a knock on the door from Gandalf the Grey, and 14 dwarves who followed. In this case, you’ve invited 8 people to your house for a cup of coffee, a bite of cake, and some mind-blowing vision. You’re about to share with them what you’ve put in the letter…but this time face to face.
There is such a thing as group dynamics. The ideal interpersonal group communicates well somewhere between 8 -12 people. For that reason, I suggest inviting no more than 8 other people. Including your wife and you, that makes 10. Over pouring the cups of coffee, you hand them a full copy
So I know you’ve been missing my Five Star Fridays. I’ve heard your requests for more and today I’m giving you another peak into my week!
What I’m pondering – Gods grace on our enemies. I had somebody wrong me. Really wrong me. For the best part of the past year my family and I were taken advantage of. Despite being in a place of being terribly wronged by somebody who knew better, I’ve been waking up praying grace upon them because I know that they’re in their own personal hell as they pick up the pieces of what they’ve done. This to me is a testimony of grace. I know what a debtor to Gods mercy I am, and to be honest, it’s a great mercy to me that I’m not kept in the prison of bitterness. When we allow anger, rage, and bitterness to consume us, we allow them to repeatedly hurt us beyond the original offense. Frankly, I don’t want to give anyone that kind of power over me or my family. Jesus was wise to ask God to forgive us, as we’ve forgiven others. It kinda puts it all in perspective.
What I’m reading – The Last Enchantment. The third part of the Merlin series, this book was beautifully crafted by Mary Stewart in the 1950s. This isn’t the Merlin you’ve heard about. This is a historic fiction novel that attempts to reconstruct the King Arthur legend as it may have actually
The church planter called me up from Salt Lake City, Utah.
He needed to talk about his culture.
99% of the nice side of town was affluent mormons, while the other side of the tracks was a shame based culture of failed mormons.
He had been spinning his wheels for three years, trying to make a dent, and not getting any clearer on what to do.
I told him that the #1 problem he was facing was that he was in a culture that defined itself by religion.
As a church planter, he was struggling against trying to get people from a bigger culture of religion to join a smaller subculture of religion.
He wanted to reach both people I described, so I explained to him that the city’s shame based culture of religion was the big culture represented by a large circle. His church’s subculture was a smaller circle of religion. Trying to get people to leave one big circle to join a smaller circle was problematic if you were relying on attractional methods like door hangers and the like.
There are a few times that I share my consuming passion. I’m consumed with training church planters, as I know the Apostle Paul was. The thing is, he kept getting better and better at it. I know that we can too. On today’s podcast, I share about how to create an Ephesus style church planting hub in the 21st Century. I couldn’t be more excited about any topic. If you’re new to the Church Planter podcast, I’ll need to explain that we have about 20-30 minutes of banter, depending on our mood. Hope you enjoy it!