Church Buildings and New Movements

In a recent article and podcast, Carey Nieuwhof interviewed Graham Singh, Executive Director of Church Planting Canada. Although their context in Canada is different from our experience in San Diego, their discussion about the challenge and possibilities of empty church buildings is relevant to our dream of starting new churches throughout the city and county. These questions, in…

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4 Steps for Discerning God’s Mission

The following is adapted from an article by Brendan McClenahan, Director of Cyclical West Michigan, and is used with permission.  If you’ve ever imagined starting a new church, you know the excitement of new vision. You begin to imagine how things in your neighborhood might look a little more like the kingdom of God. You can’t…

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Start Today

The following is a guest post from Jason Evans, Missioner for Missional Communities for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and is used with permission.  Often, I hear questions such as, “Is this a fresh expression?” “Is that a missional community?” “Is this a church plant?” I tend to think that categories with more elasticity are better than…

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Welcome to Cyclical San Diego

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:19 We are thankful for the vision of the Presbytery of San Diego to see church planting as an essential part of its mission moving…

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The Plant vs. The Garden

Our region has been on the front edge of the PCUSA with regard to starting new churches. For this, I am grateful and feel proud to be a part of such a community. The various “plants” that we have accomplished have been changing the landscape of Los Angeles into a place ever becoming like that…

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