Missional Methodists Rejuvenating the Mainline?

It takes something pretty remarkable to get Tony Jones to say “new life is possible in old denominations,” but that’s exactly what Tony said earlier this week in a post about Union, a new United Methodist church plant in Dallas, Texas. [Read more...]

Have You Heard About the Nation’s First Non-Profit Pub?

I’m headed out to Portland in a couple of weeks for Wild Goose Festival West, where I’m excited to be MCing some of the talks and handling PR for the festival (in lieu of the fantastic Sarah Cunningham who is currently on maternity leave — congrats, Sarah!). There’s still time to join me! The fest [Read More...]

Create Missional Communities, Not Disciples

I haven’t posted a tech startup analogy for missional community formation recently, so here’s one. Here’s a big one. And to be perfectly clear: I’m intentionally trying to be provocative here, so hold on! Author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (The Earth Is Flat) recently spoke to the Stanford University Graduate School of [Read More...]

What Does a Missional Toilet Paper Business Look Like? Who Gives A Crap [VIDEO]

That’s actually the name of the company: Who Gives A Crap. And they’re planning to give 50% of their profits to WaterAid for sanitation projects around the world. But priority number one is to raise $50,000 to order their first bulk shipment of the white stuff. They’re already halfway to their goal. Good thing too, [Read More...]

Dinner Church at St. Lydia’s [VIDEO]

St. Lydia’s is a progressive ELCA/Episcopal church that worships around a meal every Sunday night in Brooklyn, New York. Pastoral minister Emily Scott explains the concept of “dinner church”: “Our central act at St. Lydia’s is to gather together around a meal and around a table. The idea is that when we’re at this table [Read More...]

Embrace Your Inner Artist

Missional church planter Susan Rogers writes, “The longer I am engaged in creating and leading a missional community … the more I believe that we all have and need to foster our artistic energies.” She offers three pieces of advice on embracing your inner artist as a missional community host/organizer: We need more failures. — [Read More...]

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Missional leaders take note: LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman in his book The Start-up of You writes: “Uncertainty never goes away. Fear of failure never goes away. The way to feel comfortable with these entrepreneurial strategies is to have one plan in your life that’s highly certain. That’s Plan Z: a reliable plan you shift to [Read More...]

#100Startup: Failure Is Overrated

This past week I’ve been blogging through Chris Guillebeau’s new book The $100 Startup and giving away a free signed copy! Today is the last day to enter to win » There’s a lot more great stories, enlightening insights, and practical advice in Chris Guillebeau’s book The $100 Startup — more than I could blog [Read More...]

#100Startup: Style with Substance = Impact

This week I’m blogging through Chris Guillebeau’s new book The $100 Startup and giving away a free signed copy! Find out how you can enter to win » In his chapter on “hustling,” Chris Guillebeau writes, “Being willing to promote in an authentic, non-sleazy manner is a core attribute of microbusiness success. … Take the [Read More...]

#100Startup: Features vs. Benefits

This week I’m blogging through Chris Guillebeau’s new book The $100 Startup and giving away a free signed copy! Find out how you can enter to win » Chris Guillebeau writes, “Value means helping people.” There’s a strong social good message that comes through in all that Chris says and does. That’s one of the [Read More...]


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