The Hunter and the Herder

Hunting and herding require vastly different skill sets. Both have specific, crucial roles to play in a Church Planting Movement. Neither role can fulfil its full potential without the other.

The greatest single crisis in the church is that we have hired hunters to be herders. That's a bit like asking a cat to bark or a cow to bleat. When we try to serve God in mismatched roles, we end up hurt and confused. We also hurt others.

Discovery and the Inductive Approach

There are two main approaches to Bible study. One is inductive. The other is deductive. Discovery groups work with an inductive approach. They fail when using a deductive approach. The struggle we have in particularly Christian-background cultures is that most seminaries and churches teach a deductive approach to scripture. When this Christian baggage is carried into our Discovery groups, it causes serious problems.

A child shall lead them

I love the simplicity, innocence and eagerness of children. During a training this week, I asked for volunteers – ‘People of Peace’ to be facilitators. Two children – 9 years and 10 years old – volunteered!

I trained them to facilitate the Discovery process in front of the larger group.

O Holy Spaces

holyspHowever, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says: “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?” You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” Acts 7:48-51 Why is the Christian world so obsessed with holy spaces?

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