Category Archives: Five Practices

Discipleship Goals #5

Evangelism, the apparent traditional equivalent of what we now call “Radical Hospitality” closes out this series on the characteristics we try to build into the lives of disciples in our work of disciple making. This equation may be my least … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #5

Our conference talks about Risk Taking Ministry. As a pastor I’d be happy if all my people were involved in any kind of ministry. In my life the genre of literature that has most spurred me to risk taking ministry … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #4

Stewardship seems like a word for old timers. Now we have Extravagant Generosity. The subject is the same: God has put resources at our disposal and holds us accountable for their use. When our lives are dominated by fear – … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #3

The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations movement, as exemplified in our Texas Annual Conference, speaks of the practice of “Faith Forming Relationships.” I served on the conference committee tasked with this area after the reorganization. As far as I could … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #2

It’s easy to center the act of disciple making on what we do with individuals. But if all we do in our disciple making is work with individuals, we’re missing both the model of Jesus and what we see in … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #1

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Sounds good. But it’s pretty vague, especially given our fragmented theology. I thought it would be useful to explore in … Continue reading

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Leadership Addiction

A few days ago, in my first post on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, I noted that one of the strengths of the book was that it didn’t major on offering new ideas. One of my weaknesses is that … Continue reading

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Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Radical Hospitality

Radical Hospitality is the first of the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. That’s evangelism in plain Christianese. This is probably the new jargon I like the least. “Radical” is ok, but hospitality just seems weak in our current context. It … Continue reading

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Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, 1

Robert Fritz says Creative Tension is produced by the gap between a strongly held vision and a willingness to tell the truth about the present. Like many pastors, I have a strong vision to reach people for Christ: to help … Continue reading

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