Category: church planting

  • Hybrid Easter 2022

    Hybrid Easter 2022

    We’d tried a live hybrid  (in-person + zoom) previously but had mixed results. Considered maybe the hybrid thing just wasn’t practical. But some of our people weren’t ready to give up on it yet. Easter Sunday we wanted to include everyone all at once both in-person and zooming. So we needed enough space for people […]

  • What’s Up With Diaspora These Days?

                        Many churches are  going back to in person meeting but with reduced numbers. But the reality is that many people are not going back. They may be in some sense done with church as usual or they prefer to stay safe and either not attend […]

  • Diaspora Family Christmas was a Blast!

    Diaspora Family Christmas was a Blast!

    [sorry I forgot to post this earlier, enjoy a visit back to Christmas!] We were able to do several of the things we normally do like a gift exchange, games, eat great food and enjoy our church community.  How did we adapt? We asked for creative ideas for games and activities that we could do […]

  • Diaspora Pandemic Style

    Diaspora Pandemic Style

    Churches have had to adapt in the last number of months with restrictions on meeting, closing of church buildings and sanitizing and distancing measures to keep their church family safe. Many, possibly most have taken to the internet in seeking ways to keep connected and minister.  Diaspora is, by its very definition, a dispersed church […]

  • Fasting and Praying in September

    Fasting and Praying in September

    As our new year kicks off in September, we are leaning heavily on God as we continue in pandemic times. We are taking this month to pray and fast. For a lot of people fasting is a new idea and so we want to explain why and how we can fast and pray. With Diaspora […]

  • Churches Be Nimble

    Churches Be Nimble

    One of the words we’ve adopted to describe Diaspora is “nimble”. The dictionary describes nimble as quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; quick to understand, think, devise. Being nimble means we can switch plans, venues or even methods if things suddenly don’t work. It’s about flexibility, but nimble is a more […]

  • Are We What We Set Out to Be?

    Are We What We Set Out to Be?

    Last weekend I was asked to join a panel talking with traditional church leaders about how to be more missional. It was a question/answer format and I was told I didn’t need to prepare.  While that might be possible for some, it wasn’t for me! I had to think about what we’re doing now and how […]

  • Unplanned Fun with our Church Family

    Unplanned Fun with our Church Family

    Lots of laughing, people dropping in, kids and adults being silly and friends catching up on old times. That’s so fun. There’s a good chance even that description reminds you of a time in your life.  A good time, I bet.  A time when you enjoyed the people you were with and it took zero planning. […]

  • Church in a Trailer

    I saw a church in a trailer today. A what? A church in a trailer. You know, one of those rectangular cargo trailers! A trailer that contains a church. Or rather the stuff that a church  plant brings each week to their meeting space which is probably at a school gym or other rental space. […]

  • Wrong or Just Different?

    Wrong or Just Different?

    I’m sitting out on our backyard deck and in the kitchen I can hear the microwave beeping as it finishes heating up someone’s lunch. I’m reminded of a time maybe 20 years ago. My wonderful wife, Bonnie and I were camping at Grand Bend in the provincial park. (This was BK — Before Kids)  We […]