Mike Howerton Interview

Mar 15

Mike Howerton is lead pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, page Washington, medical and served for six years as the college pastor at Saddleback Church. Mike is the author of Miles to Cross and Glorious Mess: Encountering God’s Relentless Grace for Imperfect People.

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Chip A. from CO, check Jason M. from MA, Todd W. from CO, Jon O. from CA, Dan M. from IL, Mark P. from CA, Chris T. from MT, Jeff P. from OR, Mike C. from OR, Jeff S. from FL, Rich K. from CA, Joe L. from TX, Jaylynne F. from Canada, Janai B. from TX, Heidi R. from AZ, Scott N. from MI, Trey C. from CA, John H. from KS, Dave A. from CA, Steve T. from NV

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Mark Batterson Interview

Mar 13

Mark Batterson is the author of several books including, case In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, capsule Wild Goose Chase, Primal, and his latest The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. Mark serves as the Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. and is on the creative team of the Origins Project.

Check out the interview here!

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Ryan G. from CA, Christopher B. from TX, Ryan B. from PA, Todd H. from NE, Tyler B. from OR, Candi W. from AZ, Stephen N. from MI, Richard M. from PA, Daniel L. from Southeast Asia, Ross B. from WA, Alberto M. from CA, Matthew S. from CA, David C. from CA, Cory H. from OH, Mike L. from MN, Josh D. from TX, Lisa R. from TX, Ken M. from CA, Howard S. from AZ, and Gretchin A. from IN

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Training Missional Leaders (Emerging Leaders Initiative)

Mar 07

The Geography Pastors at Gateway Church in Austin met with Craig Whitney of the Emerging Leaders Initiative met to discuss growing in our effectiveness in creating missional communities. ELI works with church planters, this web and as Geography Pastors we need to develop the same skills. (Some places would consider the geography pastors as campus pastors, but we have a geography pastor in place even if there isn’t a Sunday service happening in their geography) .

Here are some of our insights:

Our goal – Making disciples who make disciples out of the culture.

Just like our bodies have structure and processes, our church bodies need to have structures and processes.

The ingredients needed to train up others to become disciple-making disciples:

  • Desire – The person needs to want to be a disciple or have the will to make progress towards becoming one. (heart)
  • Know – They need to know who they are trying to become. (head)
  • Training -They need to practice the processes that help them connect, serve, and grow. (hands)
  • Equipment – They need to have the right kind of tools for training.

To go through the ELI free Assessment for possible church planters or to learn more on their online training opportunities, go to www.elichurchplanting.com.

A Conversation with Jeff Vanderstelt

Mar 05

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“‘Missional community’ has been used to describe a community on mission, a community that does service projects, and a community on mission together where ‘mission’ means reaching and discipling others. Jeff and Soma seeks to be the the third description.

The gatherings can be a powerful tool in reaching people and discipling people, but the Sunday gatherings should be informed by the missional communities. Otherwise those on the ground are always to try to catch up with those in the air.

Soma treated each small group as a potential core group for a church plant (even if they never become a church plant). At the beginning, rather than promoting their Sunday gatherings, they emphasized inviting friends to your home and parties but not to the Sunday services and didn’t send out flyers. Soma grew to the place where 500 held the DNA of being on mission before they started inviting others to their Sunday gatherings as part of their efforts to reach and serve the city. The missional community came first.

Discipleship means increasingly bringing all of our lives under the rule and life of Jesus Christ.

Our goal is to invite people into my life rather than inviting them to an event. Events are an excuse for building relationships.

Jesus sent out the 72 in part so they would come back wanting to be trained knowing they needed help; whereas before, they may not have felt they needed it. We need to do the same with our people.

Too often in the U.S. individuals reach individuals, but we need communities inviting people into a new community.

Missional Community for Soma measurements include:

  • Is your missional community baptizing the people they reached? (This takes place in the missional community and at the gatherings).
  • Is each person in your missional community taking a step towards growth? What is that step and how did they do?
  • Is each missional community raising up another team to be sent out next year?

Soma Communities measurements include:

  • How many people did we send away?
  • How much money did we send to other churches?
  • How many people are being raised up to lead our missional communities? (These are like their own local churches).
  • How much money did we spend on equipping? (We want people to see the staff as equippers of the ministry not doers of the ministry).
  • How many people came on Sundays? This is important so we can be more hospitable.

Here are notes from a micro-conference I attended with Jeff leading here a few weeks ago: Missional Leadership with Jeff Vanderstelt.

 

 

Helping Lola Help Others

Jan 31

In Austin churches partner together more than any city I’ve ever lived! Together several churches have discovered a remarkable woman who has allowed us to partner with her as she meets the needs of those she serves in East Austin.

After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, cost Lola moved from New Orleans to Austin. She opened a restaurant called Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food Cafe. Not only is the food delicious, abortion she gives it away to those who cannot afford to pay.

Lola has been nominated as a finalist in the Say Thanks Austin campaign. For every vote she receives, order she will receive $1 to help her help others. The finalist with the most votes will win $10,000!

VOTE HERE!

Watch below to see and hear from Lola along with Steve and Karen Markham, the Gateway Network Leaders who have mobilized us and inspired us to serve with her.

Tough Conversations Can Be Transformative by Eric Bryant

Jan 30

As a sports fan, medications I could not help but be inspired by the story of Vernon Davis. After a game-winning touchdown last weekend against the Saints, Vernon Davis broke down in tears. Those not aware of the challenges he’s faced at the 49ers over the past few years probably thought his response was disproportionate to the moment. It was a big moment, but you don’t usually see grown men break down quite like that.

Why was he so emotional? In an article called “49ers’ Davis grew up after Singletary’s tough love”, Randy Covitz gives us the context:

“Three years ago, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was kicked out of a game by his own coach.

Mike Singletary, an intense, no-nonsense Hall of Fame linebacker as a player, was in his first game as the 49ers interim head coach in 2008 when he banished Davis from the sidelines and sent him to the locker room after Davis drew a 15-yard, dead-ball penalty for taunting when he reacted to some trash talking by grabbing the face mask of a Seattle player.

An incensed Singletary, in his postgame comments, said the 49ers could not win with a selfish player like Davis and would be better off playing with 10 men than with Davis, at the time an underachieving first-round draft pick.”

As a Mike Singletary fan since his days playing football at Baylor University, I was impressed with his boldness but wondered if he may been too hard on Davis in that game 3 years ago.

Fortunately, Davis responded in a healthy way to such a strong rebuke.

Covitz continues: “But Davis, who took Singletary’s discipline to heart rather than rebelling against it, has transformed from a locker-room cancer who fought teammates on the practice field to a team captain and major reason the 49ers will play in the NFC championship game on Sunday against the New York Giants

Singletary’s discipline of Davis changed his career and perhaps the course of the 49ers.

‘Coach Singletary definitely touched my life,” Davis said earlier this season. “He taught me to put others before myself.’”

As somoene who has been on the receiving end of hard conversations and as someone who doesn’t like to have them with others, I have come to realize the power and beauty of tough conversations.A great principle can be found in Proverbs 27:5-6 which reads: Better to correct someone openly than to let him think you don’t care for him at all. Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder—watch out!”

A loving community is both inclusive and a place where people care enough to be honest with each other.

The power of a rebuke comes from how we choose to respond.

As a Cowboys and Seahawks fan, it is hard to imagine admitting this, but for the first time in my life I am pulling for Vernon Davis and the team mentored by Mike Singletary: the 49ers.

Not Like Me: A Discounted Offer

Dec 11

If you’d like to purchase copies of Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World, prescription you can do so at $7 each (postage not included).

Email me at eric.bryant@gatewaychurch.comwith the number you’d like to order and your U.S. mailing address. Include your phone number if you’d like for me to call you before mailing your order once I find out how much the postage will be for the shipment.

I’ve had people order the books for a sermon series, those in their small group, their small group leaders, their pastors, and their ministry staff.

This fall “Tearing Down the Walls” Small Groups helped us get so many people connected!