This week, I’m on vacation at the OBX. In my absence, I’ve conjured up some posts about other people who post on blogs… and they do a dang good job at it. So read, then go visit them…
I first learned of Bob Roberts and Glocalnet when I read his book, “The Multiplying Church.” I’ve read some really good books this year. This one is ranks right up at the top. It challenged my thinking tremendously about the church–why it’s flourishing in the East in places like China, but declining here in the West; about the need for churches to be church planting churches, etc. It was a tremendous volume that I’ll refer to many times in the future. After I read the book, I checked out his blog.
Bob’s church in Texas is one of the most reproductive churches in the West. His church, Northwood church, has planted close to 100 “daughter” churches (I think it will break 100 this year with their newest batch of trained church planters). His blog reads just like his book–it’s challenging, to the point, non-sugar coated, I think you get the point. He invited readers to interact with him recently about the books hi-lites. It was so cool to interact with a book’s author, and with so many others as we try to figure out how to reach our culture–and cultures within our culture, and around the world.
His advice to me was priceless–serve those who hurt most around you. And find somewhere in the world to serve (his church is currently serving in Vietnam). You won’t have much success at first, but it will reap huge benefits for your church because it will become part of their DNA. He recently went to Kenya to meet with preachers from across the globe to start a dialogue about how the churches in the East can teach the churches in the West, and vice versa. He also got to meet with the Prime Minister of Vietnam recently, which sounded so cool.
So, check out the book and the blog. They’ll both get you thinking about churches, church planting, church multiplication, and a global church movement.