Stories from Church Starters

Where There is No Vision

Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." The vision to which this verse refers is spiritual vision. Spiritual vision provides direction. It provides challenge and...

Guns in Church?

I read an article on NPR yesterday about a church in Mexico, New York where the church website states that it is “not a gun free zone,” and the pastor, Ron Russell, encourages parishioners to carry guns to church on Sundays. The article states, “Russell, 70, believes...

Flying while Building

One of the analogies I keep hearing around church starting is that you are flying a plane and trying to build it at the same time. After nearly three years in the fray at Forum Church, I couldn't agree more. Here's three things to think about as God calls you to the...

Discipleship

Traveling on the interstate a short time ago, I noticed a bill-board advertising which read, "UNDO 'I DO'.  1-800-DIVORCE." And the name of the law firm doing the advertising was, "Family Law Firm." This struck me as odd. Why would a law firm imply, through its name,...

Podcast: Slave Free Earth’s Cathy Henderson

In 2017, you should have invested your money in virtual and augmented reality tech or medical marijuana. According to Forbes, they were the fastest growing industries of 2017. Medical marijuana topped $10 billion in sales. Now let’s put that into perspective with one...

Podcast: Brian McLaren

These are difficult days. One look at the last couple of months’ worth of headlines and maybe we would all agree to this notion However, is there a new way forward? Will the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship be at the forefront of this new way? We sat down with Brian...

Doing Nothing Isn’t Okay

I am reflecting today on the tragedy, which occurred earlier this week in Parkland, FL. It is unfathomable that these school-related tragedies keep occurring and innocent children keep dying while our leaders offer no legitimate or effective response. Some argue that...

Podcast: Jennifer Harvey, Author of Raising White Kids

Jennifer Harvey on American Whiteness “If the Church is to remain faithful to its Lord, it must make a decisive break with the structure of this society by launching a vehement attack on the evils of racism in all forms. It must become prophetic, demanding a radical...