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Church Planting and Bi-Vocational Ministry

Posted by thethousandmarch on July 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I haven’t been able to post much – despite the fact that I’ve had many ideas to write about lately – because I’ve been working long hours at starting a business. I’m back and I thought it was about time to post a church planting update (I haven’t done one of those in a really long time).

Our little c...

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Church Plant Update: An Ending

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM

We’ve decided to put our Sunday night service on an indefinite hiatus. This doesn’t really mean our church has ended, because the church community we built will certainly still exist and we will still be involved in each others’ lives doing the work of the Church in informal ways. Also, we plan on starting up a Bible study soon. Still, our first chapter has come to a close.

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Why I Practice the Liturgy

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The one little thing in a liturgical service that should and could be easily adopted by every church – and which is commonly lacking in most modern evangelical services – is the reading of scripture. Every single week in a liturgical service the community hears large sections of the Old and New Testaments read to them out loud – the primary manner in whic...

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Church Planting Update: Outreach

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

     I was recently introduced to a woman, Sandra, who lives here in Southern Oregon who has an incredible passion and vision for evangelism. A friend of mine, who is a church planter in Portland, told me I needed to meet her. Without his referral, I may have politely wished her the best and gone about my own business, because what she had to suggest was something I would have never considered doing on my own. A number of pastors have a...

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Church Planting Update: And Now Outreach

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 4, 2011 at 9:48 PM

So we’ve been doing our thing, Mercy Community, for almost a year and some good stuff is going on. But, to be quiet honest I’ve been a bit disappointed. Now much of that may be our own fault. We may have jumped the gun a little on starting our worship service. Maybe we should h...

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What Does it Mean to be Missional; or Is Being Attractional Bad

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

     These days – at least in the “emerging church” subculture and amongst those reacting to the movement – there is a lot of fuss about being missional and incarnational. This is often contrasted with being attractional. All the cool pastors want to be missional, and they like to criticize the mainstream church for being attractional. Well I've come to the conclusion ...

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Church Planting Update: Order of Service

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM

We had our first service last Sunday night. We didn't really remind anyone about it, so it was only Jessi, Ian, Cosette and I. That was alright, because it gave us a chance to run through what for us is a very new way of doing a church service. It went great. Here is our order of service. 

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The Church- what is it?

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Very soon Jessi and I, with the help of others, will start a church gathering. This is something we’ve been working towards for many years. So, I’m going to share some of my current and developing ideas concerning church.
The Church is a universal body made up of...

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Church Planting Update

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 21, 2009 at 11:33 PM

It has been a while since I wrote an update concerning Jessi and my church planting activities. In my last update I said that Jessi and I had decided that maybe there just wasn’t a need for a church plant in Medford and we should just look for a good church that shared our values and could use our help. We looked for a church that was missional, specifically a church...

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Money, Power, the Church and Me

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 6, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Throughout history the Church has routinely sought money and power, to put it nicely, in an attempt to make disciples of Jesus and in order to advance the Kingdom of God. At our worst, we have pursued money and power to satisfy our own selfish desires. (Do I need to give examples?) Yet, it seems to me that Jesus taught that money an...

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