I hate sales. I don't like trying to sell people things, and I tend to not trust people if they're trying to sell something to me. So, I hesitated a bit when I was recently asked in one of our Vision Gatherings, "What makes Border City Church special? What differentiates it from the other churches already in Detroit?" Great question. The problem was this: 1) answering it felt like unwillingly making a "sales" pitch, and 2) it was very hard to answer in such a way that didn
What really is “church?” That’s an important question for us to consider in a time when a whole lot of people are tired of it. I recently had the privilege of going to Chicago for a weekend of linking up with leaders from 6 partnering churches in the greater northeastern North American region. It was cool. Folks attended from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario and Massachusetts. We felt envisioned, refocused and bolstered by the sense of team and partnership. But the best,
Nobody else, apparently. It was weird. A Google search yielded the existence of zero other local churches with the name Border City Church. That probably does not impress you, if you have not recently had to come up with a unique, fitting church name. But, let me tell you, pretty much EVERY name already exists out there (I mean, think "Intercourse United Methodist Church," and "Church of God-Zillah"...no, I'm not kidding). So, why did we name this church plant in Detroit, "
In 2009 my family of four moved from Georgia, USA to Johannesburg, South Africa. We moved, believing that we had been called by God to do so, and specifically to lead a church in the country, and this dream materialized after 3 years of living in South Africa. During the past 8 years I cannot tell you how many times a newly-met South African has asked me, “WHY did you move from the USA to here!?” With the political and economic instability of South Africa, few “SAfers” can r