Truth: irrelevant?

Truth: irrelevant?

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. Every November, the folks at Oxford Dictionaries in the UK select a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during that year. In 2013, the word of the year was selfie: by now, most of us know what that is. In 2015, it was emoji: you know—those small digital images or icons used as shorthand to express an idea or emotion. In 2016 the word of...Read more …
Are you asking your church the right questions?

Are you asking your church the right questions?

Robert Hodge coaches leaders, emerging leaders, and boards to their “preferred future” and just recently shared some interesting thoughts in a blog about how asking the right questions can help any organization innovate and gain new insights. In this blog, he concentrates his thoughts around Kelcie Miller-Anderson, an amazing young woman, scientist, researcher, and environmentalist, who recalls her infatuation with the question “Why?” Dandelions? Kelcie Miller-Anderson of Calgary, Ontario, was only 15 years old when she began to wonder why it was possible for dandelions to grow in places nothing else could. Seven years later, Kelcie’s questions have resulted in research that could...Read more …
Why is serving WITH people who believe differently, so important?

Why is serving WITH people who believe differently, so important?

The idea of serving people in order to communicate God’s grace is hardly novel. “Bringing the whole gospel to the whole person” marks both contemporary missional churches and longstanding mission organizations. Yet, if we limit ourselves to serving people in order to demonstrate God’s love for them, we may be ignoring an even more loving, relational, authentic and dynamic approach–serving together with people who believe differently. Together Together is the key word. The dynamic changes when people do something together; the rules change when you are in relationship. Consider John’s story: When I was in grade school, I played multiple...Read more …
How’s your short game?

How’s your short game?

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. How’s your short game? When I want to practice my golf, I usually head out to the driving range: I get a large bucket of balls and swing away until they’re gone. After all, it’s impressive if you can hit your ball hundreds of yards down the fairway. Long drives solicit oohs and aahs. And respect. But if you know anything about golf, you know that the game is won on or around the...Read more …
Success hinges on how well you welcome

Success hinges on how well you welcome

Danny Spitzberg’s work is primarily interested in “community spaces” and how people move from “do it yourself” to “do it together.” He is particularly interested in how to welcome people to a space and make those who visit feel welcomed by the community that works and plays there. Emphasizing how crucial the initial encounter is, he agrees with Lori Kane who puts it this way: “If you do just one thing: Say ‘Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here!‘” Perhaps even more importantly, he understands that the success of any organization is getting their visitors to stay and become part of the community themselves. In...Read more …
Ever consider a different route?

Ever consider a different route?

For years, Dave drove the same roads from Chicago to his folks’ house in eastern Pennsylvania. That is, until the first time he drove it with his new wife, Jen. Jen decided she would consult Google in order to determine the best route. Dave found this utterly ludicrous! After all, hadn’t he been driving the best, fastest, and only route for years? Apparently not. When it was Jen’s turn to drive, and her new husband fell asleep in the passenger seat next to her, she switched to her route. And when Dave woke up, they had already arrived, an hour and a half...Read more …
Your joy is the gospel’s best witness

Your joy is the gospel’s best witness

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. My friend Chris had planned a special breakfast date with his kids, but as all good things do, it came to an end. It was time to go home. But since they’d walked to the restaurant, they obviously had to walk back. Leaving is never as fun as going, and Chris found himself continually urging his crew: Come on Jonathan, let’s go, Shana. It didn’t work. So then he tried something new, turning drudgery...Read more …
This first step will help you create a missional culture in your church

This first step will help you create a missional culture in your church

Bill Hybels said it long ago, “The facts are our friends.” This seems obvious, but in reality, it can be hard to face the facts even when they may hold the key to jumpstarting important changes and shifts in ministry. Pastors, loving the flocks we are called to shepherd also includes challenges and truth telling. Most people, when living within a system for a long time, will have a hard time seeing the reality of what is really happening within that system. But part of a pastor’s job is to help them. The facts are our friends. Unfortunately, all too often, in...Read more …
What’s the primary ingredient in God’s mission?

What’s the primary ingredient in God’s mission?

When we moved into our house we were delighted to discover that we had a sour cherry tree in our back yard. Incredible. Cherry pie is hands-down my favorite! Every June since, we’ve gotten the whole family involved, climbing in the tree and on all sorts of ladders, picking as many cherries as we can. Then my wife goes to town on making me my cherry pies. What would a cherry pie be without the cherries? The Spirit of God Any talk of culture building and shaping within a church in order to help a congregation get on the mission of...Read more …
Unlocking victory

Unlocking victory

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. Just a few weeks ago, my friend Lisa wrote an email to all the women in our Bible study. She had great news—one of her students had called her to tell her that she had become a Christian. I could hear the excitement as I read Lisa’s words on my screen: “Girls! We have a new sister!” Lisa is an acting coach—and our group had been praying for her student...Read more …