On Mission in Kirkland, WA

27 03 2008

I wanted to do something unusual and talk about what’s actually going on in my life in the present.

On March 1st my wife and I, with our 4 kids, boarded a plane bound for Seattle to spend the next 2.5 months developing a new work in Kirkland, WA.

We’re members of an Apostolic Team sent out by our church in Fort Thomas, KY.

Our mission is simple – to develop and establish a Discipleship Training Center in Kirkland that will reproduce disciples who will birth new body churches that will send out Apostolic Teams to launch new works in other regions.

Our team from KY is currently April and I and Ford and Erin Knowlton and our Kirkland based team is Ben and Kami Crawford and Colin and Grace Jones. We expect additional members of our team from KY will pay an extended visit to building up this work in the near future.

So right now our weekly schedule consists of –

  • Team Trainings on Tuesday Afternoon
  • Team Outings on Tuesday Night
  • Story Formed Life on Wednesday Night
  • Body Gathering and Lord’s Supper on Saturday Evening
  • Assorted weekly mentoring meetings

I’m also meeting with other church leaders and planters in this area.

We’ve met significant challenges especially in the way of nasty contagious illnesses but we’re pushing through and we’re seeing disciples made as well as the budding of a new body.

Please pray for our team and that the Lord will establish this work for the expansion of His Kingdom.

For more regular updates on what’s going on check out:

And by the way…if anyone out there would be interested in launching a Discipleship Training Center please contact us. We’d love to help you get it started and send a team to assist in establishing the work.

Team Kirkland

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Discipleship as Hope

5 03 2008

I was chatting with the Father this morning when he gave me a new word – that “discipleship is what gives hope to men”.

I’ve been pondering it’s meaning and it struck me how different this sounds then the rather harsh way I talk and think about discipleship. I often view it as butt-kicking a rebellious people into the life they’ve already agreed to but refuse to live out.

The Father opened my heart to this other dimension. His sons and daughters long to be free and we experience our promised salvation through discipleship.

  • It is through discipleship that we can be transformed
  • It is through discipleship that we can live a different kind of life
  • It is through discipleship that we take on the very life of Jesus himself

It’s a message of grace, love and hope and not condemnation. True sons and daughters of the Father want to please the Father, obtaining the resources necessary to live this new life.

Christianity in our day is littered with leaders who have lost hope that true transformation can occur for the sons and daughters of the King. They feel we must settle for something less than being new creatures. They herd God’s children into vast holding tanks, spiritual nurseries, never intending to see them grow into maturity – having no hope that a new life can be realized and giving no hope to those entrusted to their care.

But we can be different. If you long for a new life please know that it is possible. It is near you. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Never settle for anything less.