Exponential Liveblog – Wrap-up

Posted by on May 5, 2010

My liveblogging of the Exponential Conference, the largest gathering of church planters in North America, is over.  Most of my posts were notes on specific sessions, and I never reflected on the conference as a whole.  Here is a random collection of surprises, learnings, and people I met: People I met: A pastor considering planting […]

Exponential Liveblog – Church Planter Coaching

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010

The conference ended almost a week ago, but here are a few notes from  my final workshop, on coaching. The workshop was with Bob Harrington, a Canadian now living in the southern US, working with the Restore Training Center, all about the training of msisional church planters.  The host church’s web site is http://www.harpethcc.com/ but […]

Exponential Liveblog – Brenda Salter McNeil, Shane Claiborne, Dave Gibbons

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

Wednesday’s last plenary was a mixture of these three speakers, each answering the question, “What does it take to transform a community?” Brenda Salter McNeil is a well known speaker who focused on racial reconciliation using Acts 1:8.  She described reconciliation in “Samaria”, when people are so different they say “God ought to do something […]

Exponential Liveblog – Reggie McNeal, Alan Hirsch, Ed Stetzer & Efrem Smith

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

This was a plenary session packed with speakers! The first was Reggie McNeal, of the Leadership Network.  He described the Missional Church this way: The people of God (we are not planting an “it” but a “who”) partnering with Him in his redemptive mission in the world Some soundbites from Reggie.  I didn’t find he […]

Exponential Liveblog – Efrem Smith on Multi-Ethnic Launch Teams

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

My first workshop of the day was with Efrem Smith, who planted Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church plant in Minneapolis.  He started with a core group of 22, that grew to 80 before launch day. A core team is vital to multi-ethnic planting. It should equip and empower people serving with you around something […]

Exponential Liveblog – Matt Chandler Plenary

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

This morning’s second plenary was with Matt Chandler once again.  A few soundbites: How do we “behold” Jesus and let his glory transform us? Constantly preach the gospel to yourself Isn’t Ephesians 1-2 just the gospel? God’s working on a plan much bigger than you or I There are too many people involved in the […]

Exponential Liveblog – Ken Blanchard

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

The first plenary speaker this morning was Ken Blanchard, founder of Lead Like Jesus.  He shared his story of coming to faith as a leadership consultant and author, when he learned “everything I had taught and written about leadership, Jesus already did.”  He described these stages of leadership development, with stories of Jesus forming his […]

Exponential Liveblog – Francis Chan

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010

This morning’s two sessions with Francis Chan were the last of the Exponential pre-conference.  Chan is the high-profile lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California.  Just two days ago, however, he announced his resignation, and this topic dominated his powerful message. Chan shared his upcoming transition as a response to Jesus’ call to […]

Exponential Liveblog – Matt Chandler

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010

The second speaker at Monday’s RightNow pre-conference was Matt Chandler.  Before this conference, I knew little about Matt except his recent cancer diagnosis.  Matt pastors The Village Church in Texas. He began with a warning that much of what passes for Christianity today is actually a Moralistic Deism.  He says this has occurred because the […]

Exponential Liveblog: Mark Batterson

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010

Today I am attending a pre-conference, before the main Exponential conference begins tomorrow.  This particular pre-conference is organized by RightNow, a network that aims to help people become “Traders” by trading the life of a consumer for the life of mission, not later, or necessarily somewhere geographically distant, but “right now”. The first speaker was […]

Exponential Conference Liveblog

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010

Stay tuned!  This week, Ryan Sim will be attending the Exponential Conference, the world’s largest gathering of church planters, and liveblogging here.

FX Pilgrimage Live Blog: Nexus – Sanctus 1 (Emergent Church)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2009

My plan had been to be incognito… At all the other fresh expressions I had approached people with interest and questions… This time my plan had been to just enter as if this was my first time there and see what happened… I arrived in the Northern Quarter of Manchester just before lunch.  As I […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Killamarsh – Small Town Church Plant

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009

Sitting in Allen’s living room – I kept thinking of Nehemiah.  Returning from captivity in Babylonia – back to Israel – first rebuilding the walls – then rebuilding the faith of a nation. A year ago this had been a dilapidated – water damaged – boarded up manse. Ebenezer church had been abandoned five years […]

Cafe Church – A longitudinal Study

Posted by on Sep 23, 2009

From my perch at The Falcon – the longest continuous pub in the U.K. – it’s easy to see that Chester is a tourist town.  The children yelling – left, right – left right – as they follow a tour guide dressed as a Roman Legionnaire – the tourists bustling between shops – snapping pictures […]

Christ Church Central (CCC) – Church plant from Parent Church

Posted by on Sep 22, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My trusty SatNav (invaluable when it takes all your concentration to stay on the left hand side of the road)  led me down into […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: St. Thomas Crookes Sheffield (Cell – Cluster – Celebration)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My plane reading (Clusters – by Mike Breen and Bob Hopkins) had been preparing me for my first site visit.  St. Thomas’ Sheffield is […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church Round Table – September 14 & 15

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We arrived at Wycliffe Hall (Anglican Theological College at Oxford University) at noon for an intense 24-hour time of worship, prayer, workshops, conversation, sharing, review and discernment for the future of Messy […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions of Worship

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Sue and I first visited Emmanuel Church in Loughborough in the mid 90’s. Back then it had a traditional interior, dark pews, an organ and a piano. It was a Sunday when […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions and the Sacraments

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We attended this workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Ely presented by Rev’d Maggi Dawn and Rev’d David Male (see previous post). The workshop dealt primarily with the Eucharist and how to […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Ancient-Future – Changing Church for Changing Times

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. While attending a workshop on “Fresh Expressions and the sacraments” at All Saints’ Milton, Diocese of Ely, I took some time at lunch to look in the sanctuary of this ancient church. […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Meeting with Rachel Jordan at Church House on Great Smith Street, London

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We met with Dr. Rachel Jordan, Associate National Mission & Evangelism Advisor (Church of England) who developed the Vision Day PowerPoint program materials and activities.  An engaging and dynamic personality, Rachel will […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Meeting with Bob Franklyn, International Coordinator for Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We met in the Wesley Café in the Methodist Central Hall where Bob gave us an update on what is happening with Fresh Expressions both in the UK and internationally. The FE […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church with founder Lucy Moore

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Andy and I were warmly welcomed by Lucy Moore and her husband, the Rev’d Dr. Paul Moore (Vicar of St. Wilfrid’s Church) for lunch, great coffee, and a time to chat about […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Night Church at the Exeter Cathedral

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. The Rev’d Canon Mark Rylands, the Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Exeter and Steve Jones, lay staff member with the Diocese of Exeter as well as the Methodist Circuit, founded Night […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Church Unplugged

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Photo: Sue and Dave Male Meeting with Rev’d Dave Male on Monday, September 7th at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Author of “Church Unplugged”, Dave is a tutor in Pioneer Mission Training (Ridley Hall […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Moot

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Andy sharing a joke with Moot community member Elizabeth as Ian looks on. The Moot community, led by Rev’d Ian Mobsby, is located in St. Mary Woolnoth Church, in the heart of […]