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Author: Mike Reed

One Word: Gaining Clarity and Passion for 2022

The Concept of One Word I was having a casual conversation with a twentysomething young man a couple of years ago when he remarked that he had chosen one word for the year to help him focus his life and ministry. His mentioning this concept immediately piqued my interest in practicing this discipline in my life. Since that initial introduction, I...

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How Jesus Trained Disciples

A Hot Topic Discipleship is a hot topic in evangelical circles these days. Unfortunately, recent research indicates we are much better at talking about making disciples than we are at making it happen. A 2015 Barna survey revealed that only 1% of pastors surveyed believe we are doing a good job of discipling new and young believers. To see the survey...

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2021 Engage Team Update

The mission of the Engage Team is to assist churches as they recruit, equip, and release their membership into the mission field.  This process is defined in our Engage Path: Engage Process & Toolkit. This path is designed to mobilize the mission force through missional initiatives that provide churches with opportunities to love and serve...

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Powering Through Turbulent Times

The Power of a Picture Having spent 26 years leading Christian wilderness ministry, some of my favorite metaphors come from the world of adventure and experiential education.  Whitewater rafting provides us with some truths that translate well to ministry and how we can endure turbulent scenes and seasons in our ministries. How many of these rafting...

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Loving And Serving The City

Living as Exiles The mission of God is evident throughout the Bible. In the Old Testament, Israel was to be a light to the nations (Isaiah 42:6) wherever they were, even as exiles. While Israel was in Babylonian captivity, God’s message through Jeremiah charged his people to love and serve the city as exiles (Jeremiah 29: 4-7). Two main directives...

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The WAVE

I had no idea that when a friend gifted me with a copy of Reggie McNeal’s book The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church that I was taking the first step on an incredible missional journey. This resource helped me to see missional truths that I had failed to see in the previous 40 years of my ministry.  It helped me to see the mission...

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ReCalibrating Community Engagement

A grocery store near my house is my favorite place to weigh myself.  I go there because I weigh less on that store’s scales than on any of the other scale available to me. I know the scales are wrong, but I refuse to change because weighing there makes me feel better and keeps me from facing the truth that I need to lose weight. If they ever calibrate...

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