Talking through (not around) touchy subjects

Talking through (not around) touchy subjects

John and a group of men from his church decided last fall, that they needed to meet more regularly. Aside from a few interactions before and after their corporate worship gatherings, and a small group meeting here and there, the men came to the realization that they really didn’t know each other! And with a church culture excited about getting more involved on the mission of God in the New Year by sharing their faith with others, this group of men agreed: how would they be able to walk alongside and have spiritual conversations with those who believe differently if they didn’t...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. My daughter just returned from an amazing trip, tracing the footsteps of Paul and his companions on their missionary journeys. It was fun to hear Lenna share her discoveries about how these first disciples adapted their approach to the various cultures they encountered. For instance, in Ephesus, Paul begins his teaching in the synagogue, but when he finds obstinate people who refuse to believe, he heads to the local public lecture hall in town instead – and ends up holding daily discussions there for two years....Read more …
What’s the big deal about eating together?

What’s the big deal about eating together?

The President’s Choice concept was developed by a talented group of food-inspired people who knew back in the mid-80s that Canadians deserved better quality food choices for their hard-earned dollars. The premise was simple: develop unique or superior products that offer a better value. Since then, PC has become known as one of Canada’s best-known trademarks–some of us may have noticed the brand this side of the border, too, on our local supermarket shelves. A TV Ad? Evangelism? Are you wondering why you should care? Or, wondering how a food concept company has anything remotely to do with evangelism? Well, under normal circumstances it...Read more …

The On-Ramp for Spiritual Conversations

The other day after playing hockey at lunch, a discussion broke out about what I “really” do. I’ve been playing ball hockey with these guys a couple times a week for years now—they know I’m a pastor and that I consult with churches—but something about our conversation on this particular day made them ask, “What do you really do? So I gave them the straight up answer: I work for a ministry that empowers the church as well as individuals to have meaningful spiritual conversations with those who may believe differently than they do. They were puzzled and said, “Like...Read more …

On the Radio Today – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Ben Klein. Most of the real lessons I learned in life came through my own self-discovery. This is proving to be true for my oldest son, Benjamin, as well. (Ben) Yeah, I’ve always pushed the limits, and when my dad warned me that twenty-one year old bones can’t take the pounding like my teenage bones used to, I didn’t listen. I’m stubborn and still too crazy. But then – in a late-night summer chase game with my younger brother and all his cronies, I leapt...Read more …
Is the Bible necessary?

Is the Bible necessary?

Practices such as noticing, praying, listening, asking questions, loving and welcoming equip you to begin having meaningful conversations about God with others who believe differently. However, as Q Place President Mary Schaller writes in The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations, “without intentionality to create an ongoing opportunity, your conversations may be hit or miss…When safe, meaningful conversations get started, the most natural next step is to keep them going by gathering a group of spiritually curious people who are interested in learning more about God and what they believe.” (p.223) In his book, Seeker Small Groups, Gary Poole, answers a resounding YES to the question:...Read more …

On the Radio – Walk the Way

Inspired, blessed or challenged by Q Place’s Walk the Way radio minute? Ask your local Christian radio station to add Walk the Way to their program line-up! And make sure to check out the Walk the Way Facebook page. You can join the community there for daily, vibrant spiritual conversations. We hope you’ll catch Q Place…on the radio!Read more …
God Does the Heavy Lifting

God Does the Heavy Lifting

How inspiring it was for On Q to discover why Tom has started a Q Place! On Q: Tom, can you tell us a little about your faith story? Tom: I grew up Catholic, but at 17 stopped going to church. I still believed in God, but didn’t believe there were any churches that allowed questions, and there were obviously questions to answer. When I was 30 I married someone from a mainline Protestant denomination who eventually got me going to church with her—but it was just what I call Catholic Lite: people mumbling the same responses week after week because it’s what their...Read more …
Make Your Own Pizza…Start a Q Place!

Make Your Own Pizza…Start a Q Place!

Daniel Chae, a college student at Baylor University in Texas, decided he wanted to have spiritual conversations with his fellow students, so he stepped out and launched a Q Place! At the end of April, photos were texted across the country, along with Daniel’s ecstatic announcement: “The very first Baylor Q Place!” The setting was perfect for college students: a make-your-own pizza night. Daniel reported that the non-Christians outnumbered the Christians. “We even had a Muslim come join us!” Everyone responded well to the idea of talking about God; they all answered the question, “If you could ask God one thing...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. When I was a young youth pastor, I was having a hard time getting my kids to be authentic and really engage with their faith. Time came for our winter retreat. I decided to show one of my favorite movies from my day, “The Breakfast Club,” which explores teenage identity and asks the question, “who are you?” When the film ended, I allowed it to sink in and proceeded to ask one question: “The movie presented a brain, a jock, a basket case, a princess, and...Read more …