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December 6, 2018

21 Dangerous Prayers

“This my God is my prayer. Draw me from Your fire, form me on Your anvil, shape me with Your hands and let me be Your tool.” – Max Lucado Dangerous Prayers! Can prayer be dangerous? Is prayer supposed to be dangerous? Any encounter with a Holy God can be dangerous—not in a life-threatening way, but in a way that can be life-altering and soul-shaping. All too often we pray safe prayers: God bless me. God help me. God protect me. God heal me. God provide for me. Dangerous prayers are risky and life-stretching. Dangerous prayers come out of a spirit of brokenness. Dangerous prayers are filled with boldness and daring faith. My most dangerous prayers have come in moments of deep frustration and seasons of brokenness. I pray more dangerously when I need to experience God’s light in my soul, His power in my ministry, and His leading for the future. Over the next 21 days, we are going […]
December 6, 2018

Lessons From Urban Church Planting

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project Uh oh. I failed as a church planter. Recently, I had an amazing conversation with a courageous leader who attempted to start a church in a city neighborhood and failed. I characterize the conversation as amazing because of how the failed starter has responded to the terribly difficult circumstances surrounding his failure. Here’s the short version of his story. He and his wife sensed a definite call to start a church in the heart of the city. Following the guidance of his sending organization, he rented a fantastic venue in one of most rapidly growing neighborhoods in the city. He recruited a young, enthusiastic team of young adults, spared no expense in creating logos, banners, signage, website and swag to give the church a vibe of excellence and relevance. He himself is an outstanding communicator and he recruited a worship band that was off the charts good. According to the guidance of […]
December 6, 2018

5 Indicators That You Might Be Leading a Church Planting Church

By Dr. Ed Love Can you imagine if Thomas Edison desired to invent only one light bulb? Or, if Henry Ford wanted to produce only one Model T? Or, if Apple wanted to design only one generation of iPhones? Or, if Jesus desired to make only one disciple? Something just doesn’t feel right about those pictures, does it? Some things were just meant to multiply. One of the TV shows I love to watch is Make Me A Millionaire Inventor. The show capitalizes on inventions that have the potential to be highly marketable. I don’t know a whole lot about an inventor’s process, but I know there is a moment for every inventor where the light bulb goes on and he or she recognizes his or her invention has the ability to multiply. Shortly after the Pentecost event, Jesus’ disciples had a flame-like light bulb moment. I can envision thoughtful Thaddeus sighing, “Ah… So Jesus wants us to come up with […]
November 14, 2018

21 Courageous Prayers

“When entering the prayer chamber, we must come filled with faith and armed with courage.” – A. W. Tozer  We live in times where God’s people must find a greater level of courage in order to see God’s blessings in their lives and the gospel advance in our world. For church leaders, courageous faith is imperative if the church is going to make inroads into our culture today. There is no room for cowardice, timidity, or faintheartedness when we face resistance to the gospel. Our prayer for you during these 21 days is that you would get a bigger picture of who God is and what He wants to accomplish in your life. Our hope is that God will infuse your heart with a courageous faith and fill your mouth with courageous prayers as you trust His promises, rely on His power, and experience His presence. In 21 Courageous Prayers, Gary Rohrmayer introduces you to the spiritual discipline of reading, meditating […]
November 6, 2018

10 Essential Things Every Church Starter Needs to Know

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project Fervent, effectual, frequent prayer is a necessity, not an option. You are initiating a local expression of the Church that Jesus is building. Act accordingly. Acting accordingly means you make the formation of a community of disciples who make disciples your first priority. The weekly worship gathering is a part of the process of making disciples. Wherever you are forming disciples, God has already been at work there before you arrived. Respect God’s work and those He has already sent into the neighborhood. Develop a sound financial plan before you move into the neighborhood. Faith without works does not end well. Go be with the people of the community on their turf before you invite them to be on your turf. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t go alone. Partner with a strong sending organization. Urban Islands Project exists to help sending organizations to optimize their strategies for the urban […]
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