In the age of digital contentedness, institutional abuse, leadership failures, relational brokenness, and social persecution, many faithful followers of Jesus have found themselves questioning their participation in a local church community. I contend the answer and solution is found in rediscovering the purpose and mission of the church, and it involves accepting and acting upon the assignment that has been given to every follower of Jesus. Continue reading “The Mission of the Church”→
One of the unexpected gifts of church planting is the often-forced opportunity to think critically and prayerfully over the most basic functions and purposes of the church. At every turn we have the opportunity to search the Scriptures and evaluate our cultural context to make informed, gospel-centered decisions. Continue reading “Four Essential Functions of the Church”→
I believe it. The returns are early and God is moving. I can feel it. The paradigm is shifting for the better.
If you’ve been following us for some time, you too can probably see it. The journey has often been uncertain and vulnerable. Yet the Lord has carried us through missed expectations, unexpected results, new relationships, Spirit-led inspiration, and the need for courageous faith.
But we can’t do it alone. In order for it to become a reality, Mary and I need your help.
Discipleship (the life-long journey of learning and teaching others how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ) fails not because of a lack of information, but due to a lack of applied learning. Continue reading ““Flipping” the Church”→
It’s been a very full week for the Till family as we, like many of you, enter into a new school year. But what makes this year different and extra challenging for us? Three new schools for three members of our family! Continue reading “Gospel Ministry Starts at Home”→
There is a particular scene in the Disney movie Moana that gets me choked up every time I watch it with my kids because I believe it’s an inspiring metaphor to church planting. If you’ve seen the movie, perhaps you already know where I’m going with this. Continue reading “We are Voyagers”→
As we approach our one-year anniversary of this endeavor we call ‘church planting’, many have been asking us, “How has it been going?” My default response these days is met with a neutral answer, “It’s a journey.”
It was one year ago (July 4th to be exact) that we set foot into our soon-to-be new home in Lake Zurich. A lot has happened over the last 365 days. In one sense we’ve accomplished much, in another, we’re just getting started. But one thing is for sure, the mission remains the same. Continue reading “One Year Later”→