Category Archives: Mission Group

Kingdom Discernment, Discipleship and Art – Part 1

I have no idea how many parts this series of posts will eventually include. This is the beginning of a journey that has started here, here, and here. The first link got me thinking about discipleship as conspiracy. The second is my attempt to elaborate on the subject against the notion of empire, and the...

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Kingdom Discernment and Art

I think there is much that needs to be explored about the place of art in kingdom discernment and mission. If we maintain the theological conviction that the church exists for the world, then it makes sense that the church is led by the Spirit into Civic discourse as partners on the journey. This is...

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An evening of covenant….

Tonight our mission group met around the theme of Passover. How God delivered the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh, but also from their complacency and sin, spoke vividly to us as we shared openly and honestly about how we are both trusting and not trusting God in our lives. The symbolic imagery of leaven...

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A Covenant Evening…

Tonight we kicked off our 07/08 mission groups. Since we found out who we will be sharing life with, we have been eager for this night so we could dive into a rhythm of life together again. The structure of our groups are predominantly geographic and are centered around mission. This year we are approaching...

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A Community in my face…

Each morning I get up in the wee hours, prepare myself for work and make my way to the train station where I park my car before the 40 minute trip into downtown. I park on the street beside a vacant lot that is a smattering of trees and unkept grass. Upon first glance, anyone...

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A busy week, late summer cleaning, and a new blog…

‘Tis been a busy week at work and at home so far, so apologies for the blog slowdown. In fact, blogging has not slowed down but increased, just not on this site. As part of an initiative at work to strengthen customer relationships, I’ve decided to start a blog related to Business Intelligence. It’s called...

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Loving a Neighbourhood: Chronicles of Incarnation Pt 3

Last Wednesday night our mission group offered to team up with another group in our area to help them with a BBQ in a local apartment complex. The complex houses many who struggle economically and a few valuable members from our congregation call that place home. Our group supplied the buns and and helping hands...

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More partying…

Tonight our mission groups is getting together on our deck to bbq some burgers. It is intentional eating together with the people we love and serve this neighbourhood with. So here’s to good burgers, watermelon, and potato salad, here’s to the conversations that will be had, and hearts that will be made glad, here’s to...

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Loving a Neighbourhood: Chronicles of Incarnation Part 1

Consider this the beginning of the first “post series” at Toward Hope. I’ve decided to do this in conjunction with a project for the Centre for Spiritual Formation that focuses on working with our local church leadership team and mission groups to cultivate an attitude of discernment for the purpose of deeper missional engagement. So,...

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A motley bunch of followers [Updated]…

Tonight our leadership team gathered for a BBQ to celebrate the year. Nothing formal, just being friends all sharing in the joy and struggle of leadership together. We gathered in the evening and joined our voices in worship. As we were singing, I couldn’t help but stop and look around the room where twenty-something leaders...

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Bread Night in our Neighbourhood

Our Mission Group had about five bins full of Cobb’s Bread tonight.  We met at 7pm to bag it and to pray at Bill and Cheryl’s house; members of our group.  As the weather was not cooperative, instead of the usual community coffee house as a means to distribute the bread, we headed out in...

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A busy night of preparation

Our mission group gathered Wednesday night with a packed agenda to plow through as we prepare for the various acts of worship we will engage in this Christmas.  As we are a local group based on geography, not affinity, we seek ways of enacting God’s presence in the neighbourhood and look at this community where...

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Bread for the masses…

Tuesday night our mission group embarked on building community in our neighbourhood with the launch of our monthly bread night cafe.  We served coffee, tea, snacks and invited people to come and take a loaf or two of freshly baked bread that we get from a local bakery once a month for free.  What was...

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An interesting evening of discussion…

This evening we met as a mission group and were looking at the topic of "what motivates our faith".  Specifically, the motivators of gratitude and rewards.  The discussion around gratitude was pretty straight forward as we all agreed on the fact that because God loves us the way he does, it motivates us to love...

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