plumb line noun: tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical
This past week my good friend Ben Presten shared with me this interesting idea of “plumb lines” from the book “Sticky Teams” by Larry Osborne. Here’s what Osborne means by plumb-lines:
Plumb lines are like organizational proverbs—a list of pithy sayings that describe clearly and concisely what we value and what our staff needs to think through when making decisions… Continue reading
Video and my personal notes from Session 3 of our Church Planters Equipping Retreat. Continue reading
Since our Church Planter’s Equipping Retreat, several people who attended the retreat or who’ve viewed parts of it online asked about how a church planter’s responsibility to focus on reaping impacts relational evangelism. The underlying question seems to revolve around whether relational evangelism is effective and should remain a priority. I believe the overwhelming answer is yes, but with some qualifications. I’ll provide some context for the conversation. Continue reading
This past week God has repeatedly hammered three principles from scripture into my heart and mind. As I continue to reflect on these principles, I’m beginning to realize they significantly impact my capacity to recognize what God is saying and doing- especially His activity in people’s lives. Continue reading
Below are my personal notes from John Worcester’s teaching. I may have “Kevinized” some points, but the original thoughts are 100% John’s. Continue reading
Let’s begin by stating the obvious from this past weekend’s equipping retreat:
- God showed up.
- John Worcester challenged us from the scriptures
- Church-planters were stretched, encouraged, and equipped.
- New friendships and partnerships formed.
Here’s the quick stat sheet Continue reading
I realize I have not updated this blog in quite a while. As I return to the blogosphere, I want to solicit your prayers for what I believe is a potentially eternally significant event this weekend. God gave me the opportunity to organize an equipping retreat for church-planters in the region. We originally expected ten to twelve guys, but we had to cap the numbers at twenty-two. All of these men are either presently leading a church-plant or sensing God leading them to plant a church in their community. All of these men live in highly unchurched and underserved communities in Vermont, Eastern New York, and Northern New Hampshire. Many of them feel isolated and under-equipped for the task ahead.
Please join me in praying… Continue reading
My good friend Lyandon Warren serves as a church-planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board while also starting and pastoring a church in VT. He recently posted a few videos about Burlington and our church planting endeavors on his website: vermontchurchplanting.com.
Vermont Church Planting: This is Burlington, with Kevin Pounds from Boe Ellis on Vimeo.
I like statistics… especially when they mean something. Below are some random Vermont stats that popped up on my radar. Continue reading