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. 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 might not, but this...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 …
Simple questions result in eye-opening impact.

Simple questions result in eye-opening impact.

My friend who claims to be an atheist still emails me even though I haven’t seen her since we moved out of the area two and a half years ago. In our emails, we catch up a bit but often also write about spiritual questions. Just recently I asked her if she still considers herself an atheist. She responded that she did, giving me some of the reasons. Then I asked her, “What would you want God to do to validate his existence and bring you to belief?” Her response: “I love your question about what it would take for...Read more …
Facilitate Learning

Facilitate Learning

When you get to know Q Place, it doesn’t take long to realize that we are serious about helping Christians facilitate learning rather than pour out what we know. This is our core value of Self-discovery – people grow and learn best when they discover truth for themselves through discussion and study. All of our core values—Scripture, Spirit, Safe Place, and Self-discovery—were integral at the birth of this ministry in the 1960s as Neighborhood Bible Studies. Little did co-founders Marilyn Kunz and Catherine Schell know how essential the value of Self-discovery would become in our culture more than 50 years...Read more …