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Taking the Gospel Beyond the Walls of Your Church {The Gathering}

Yesterday, I attended a breakout session with Dawn and Kwan entitled "Taking the Gospel Beyond the Walls of Your Church".    Our church has just begun to explore "the great outdoors", so I was excited to hear more about strategies and logistics from this name-rhyming dynamic duo! To begin, Kwan explained that the kids program at his church is called HQ (Headquarters).  He loves this name because it implies that kids come into the the church to get their mission assignment and marching … [Read more...]

Tru: The 10 Environments

Tru: The 10 Environments

If you're a user of the Tru curriculum, you are already very familiar with the 10 Environments.  I love how RockHarbor built the idea of the 10 Environments right into their everyday decor.  Take a look at some of the artwork lining the halls in their children's wing: Pretty cool, huh? How do you keep your vision front and center at your church? Do you use Tru?  How do you highlight the 10 Environments? … [Read more...]

Prayer Experience: Instructions & Pictures {The Gathering 2013}

Prayer Experience: Instructions & Pictures {The Gathering 2013}

Though I was not able to attend the Prayer Experience this year at the Gathering, I heard countless stories from others who did and really enjoyed it.  Being guided through prayer is often a great way to break out of "going through the motions" and experience God in a fresh way.  Here are the pictures and instructions from each of the stations in case you are thinking about recreated something like this in your own home or church. Thanksgiving and Praise Station Prayer of Restoration … [Read more...]

Prayer Experience {The Gathering 2013}

Prayer Experience {The Gathering 2013}

I finally got a chance to catch up with Amy Naluai here at the Gathering to talk about her prayer experience from Wednesday (find her on twitter here).  Amy lives in California and has been using Tru for about a year now.  She was able to drive in to The Gathering with a few members of her team.   However, on the night of the prayer experience, Amy ended up going through the stations alone without her team.  At first, she was concerned because she was hoping to have someone to talk with and … [Read more...]

Megan Marshman: Now Live!  {The Gathering 2013}

Megan Marshman: Now Live! {The Gathering 2013}

Man has invented some pretty cool things -- the light bulb, the internet, and the iPhone for instance.   Yet, no matter what we do, we cannot create life.  Only God can do that.  So, how do we receive life from God?  How do we, like the dry bones found in Ezekiel, get a fresh breath of life?   In order to do that, we need to: Stop Running Start Receiving Start Living!  Do we really find life in the gospel?  Does it stand strong when times get hard? Megan shared a beautiful story about her … [Read more...]

What’s the Difference? {The Gathering 2013}

What’s the Difference? {The Gathering 2013}

Today, I attended Michelle Anthony's Break-out session entitled, "So, What's the Difference?  A Look At the Difference Between Christian Education and Spiritual Formation and What We Can Gain From Each".   It's a pretty packed title and it was a pretty packed break-out session.  I love hearing from Michelle because her style is a perfect blend of heart and intellect.    Michelle began her session with a brief history lesson about the Renaissance (from which came Spiritual Formation) and the … [Read more...]