Releasing Trainers Seminar

2 03 2009

picture-4About 6 months ago I did this training for those wanting to create training modules for the City Church of Northern KY.  We believe one way you expand discipleship training is to equip and release trainers in each community to systemically impart elements of their spiritual DNA into the lives of others on an ongoing basis.  This seminar is one way we encourage the emergence of this kind of discipleship movement.

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Click on the links below (right click and “Save as” to download).

Releasing Trainers Seminar Audio

Release Traininers Seminar Slides





Mark Driscoll’s Thorough Evaluation of the Emerging Church

13 09 2008

Wow, if you had only 1 hour to hear a contemporary critique of the emerging church I would highly recommend downloading the link below –

Mark Driscoll at Xenos on the Emerging Church

Mark identifies 4 streams of Emerging (I can’t remember Mark’s exact titles):

  1. Hipper Church (Dan Kimball)
  2. House Church (Alan Hirsch)
  3. Emerging Reformers (Mark Driscoll)
  4. Emergent Liberals (Brian McLaren)

Not sure where Mark would put me (City Church to Body Church to Apostolic Teams)?  I wouldn’t personally identify with any of the streams he’s listed.  Hopefully that means we’re not emerging. 🙂 (I much prefer to be Restoring).

Mark gives an especially detailed critique of the theology of both Brian McLaren and Rob Bell.

Mark’s serious and far more careful tone is very refreshing and his call at the end against reactions I thought was also important.

If you get a chance to listen let me know your thoughts.





Restoring the Mission as City-Wide Discipleship Podcast (Seattle, August 2008)

9 09 2008
  • What did Paul actually do when he spent a year in a new city?
  • Why is the Christian faith not having a deep impact on most Christians or the culture in general?
  • Do we have a central mission around which everything else is formed?

These are questions I’ve wrestled with for a long time and in this conversation I lay out what I believe to be the biblical mission that must be restored to the church – city-wide discipleship.

In this podcast we discuss –

  • Why restoration is needed without falling into restorationism
  • I share my journey in rediscovering the centrality of discipleship as the mission
  • We midrash 3 passages as a group (Mt. 28, Jn 17, Acts 19-20)
  • We discuss how church structures interact with the need to disciple a city
  • We talk about the need for the re-emergence of the city-church
  • We share how we use the Story-Formed Life to begin a training center

Listen to the podcast by clicking the link below (to download right click and “save target/link as”)

Restoring the Mission as City-Wide Discipleship Podcast
To see the slides click here




Restoring Families as Multi-Generational Teams Podcast (Seattle, August 2008)

7 09 2008

It’s difficult and confusing being a Christian dad in America.  I felt that both our American culture and contemporary Christian teaching did very little to prepare me with a proper philosophy and theology of family.  This podcast describes my journey to discover a truly biblical philosophy of family and the great discussion we had in Seattle (Kirkland, WA) about the development of a family team.

Listen to our conversation here (right click “Save Link As” to download)-

Restoring Families as Multi-Generational Teams Podcast
To view the slides click here