Posted tagged ‘Missional Communities’

Life in Gospel Communities

May 22, 2012

Fromt the Crowded House Network (Steve Timmis/Tim Chester), here is a great video of what life looks like in a gospel community.

HT: Z

2011 GCM Collective National Conference Audio

September 22, 2011


I’ve attended quite a few conferences the past ten years.  Some of them engender hype; others bring in large crowds due to the evangelical celebrity culture.  But then on a rare occasion, there will come a conference that surprises you in unexpecting ways.  It is not that I had low expectations but that the conference accomplished far more than what is typical for conference these days.

Last week, I attended the 2011 GCM Collective National Conference, and I came away with far more than inspirational thoughts or trendy methodology.  I walked away with a greater love for Jesus and His church.  Everything, I mean everything, was focused on the gospel.  I loved it.  I was convicted by it.  I was tremendously helped by it.  In fact, I can say with a certain level of clarity that there is few, if any, conferences that were as personally edifying and ministerially beneficial to me as this one.  Having said that, I encourage you to download the audio of the main sessions (the breakout sessions are currently being edited and will be available soon).

Thank you, GCM Collective, for a superb conference and a very affordable price.  I took home with me a mother load of gospel nourishment and application of what it means to be gospel communities on mission.

Main Session Audio

GCM Collective Vision
What Is the Gospel
:: Jeff Vanderstelt
Gospel-Centered Discipleship :: Jonathan Dodson
Generous Church :: Steve Timmis
Stealth Church :: Steve Timmis
A Movement of Multiplication :: Jeff Vanderstelt

Breakout Session Audio

/// Coming Soon ///

Jeff Vanderstelt on Gospel Fluency, Missional Communities, and Hospitality in America

July 1, 2011

Several months ago, NewFrontiers interviewed Jeff Vanderstelt leading up to their conference, and below are three parts of the interview, focusing on gospel fluency, meaning of missional, and hospitality. These are some critical issues for the church today, and Jeff is one of the best at addressing them.  Check out these short videos:

Gospel Fluency

[vimeo 21662255]

Meaning of Missional/Missional Communities

[vimeo 21660618]

Hospitality and the Church in America

[vimeo 21661880]

Jeff Vanderstelt on Networked Structures

May 10, 2011

Jeff Vanderstelt of Soma Communities talks about networked structures from the 2010 Verge Missional Community Conference.

Soma Communities | Reorientation Around the Mission

May 5, 2011

Over the past two years, Soma Communities ranks in the top five resource centers that have helped me in theology and practice, in particular as it relates to gospel, community, and mission.  Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski are careful theologians and seasoned practitioners who are consistently forwarding the vision of what it means to be gospel communities on mission.  Below is a video of Jeff Vanderstelt talking about their passion and orientation around the mission of the church with gospel intentionality.

[vimeo 22754743]

Homogeneous Community vs. Gospel Community

October 21, 2009

One of the undercurrent movements of evangelical renewal in local churches has been the rise of missional communities.  These small communities are distinct from your typical home groups or small-groups because what unites them and defines them is a common mission.  I resonate with this kind of missiologically-informed structuring of the ekklesia scattered as those who have been sent.

Here at Grace, we have been transitioning to similar communities to have a broader and deeper impact in Southwest Florida.  Part of the developmental process has been to listen and learn from other churches who have embraced some form of small groups to foster community, whether it was life-on-life discipleship or a more incarnational lifestyle in engaging the community at large.

One of the things that has confused me about some of the philosophy behind leading models is how they are formed or constituted.  There are various filters that one can use to encourage members to participate in these groups.  What seems to be the leading filter has been for members to choose the groups according to what they have most in common (e.g, affinity-based).  So there would be the young married groups, elderly groups, ladies groups, mens groups, college groups, and so on.  These groups are shaped to bring the most homogeneity and thereby promise to be more effective and fruitful.

What I find troubling about this filter/model is twofold:

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