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Confession as Hospitality

By Paul Wilkinson That title may seem strange if you think I intend for you to elicit sin confessions from the visitors to your group! Please, do not. What I mean is that the vulnerability and openness of a group will always be a function of how vulnerable and open you are as the leader. I AM NOT asking you to air all of your dirty laundry in front of the group. I AM asking you to be open with … Continue reading

Punctuality as Hospitality

By Paul Wilkinson Keep in mind, as you read this, that we advertise our groups as starting at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. If we are to be serious about hospitality and outreach, then we must be present in order to receive, love, and engage guests. I was reading an article about the importance of punctuality. The author listed numerous reasons why being punctual is important: Being punctual strengthens and reveals your integrity. (Think of time commitments as promises made.) … Continue reading

The Model Prayer

By Paul Wilkinson In keeping with last week’s post about soul care being one of our challenges for 2017-18, I wanted to offer you a helpful tool I use to support my prayer life. I take this diagram from Mike Breen in Building a Discipling Culture, the Lord’s Prayer Hexagon: Breen breaks the Lord’s Prayer into the 6 categories seen above. If this is the model for how Jesus’ disciples are to pray, then we can trust that utilizing these … Continue reading