Reflections & Stirrings

10 Common Pitfalls in Starting New Churches

By Dan Steigerwald | December 3, 2020 |

Over the past 25 years I’ve had the privilege of diving deep into church planting on an experiential level leading teams; as an advocate offering practical resources/training; as a mentor-coach for hundreds of church startups, both here and abroad; and, as a networker who dialogues regularly with a good number of leaders of church planting…

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Adjusting Our Coaching to Match Present COVID-19 Realities

By Dan Steigerwald | August 6, 2020 |

As one who coaches professionally, I’ve observed how my interactions with clients, most of them pioneering leaders or church starters, have been changing due to COVID-19. Here’s some of what I’ve been noticing that’s proving helpful in many of these coaching relationships, and I’d welcome hearing the thoughts of others who also regularly coach pioneering…

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Coaching Starters vs Standard Coaching

By Dan Steigerwald | March 28, 2020 |

Coaching, as defined by ICF, involves partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. In other words, it has little to do with a coach intentionally imparting skills, perspectives, insights, etc. – that’s consulting and/or mentoring. It’s much more about drawing out the potential…

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Leadership Types in Today’s Church Planting + 2

By Dan Steigerwald | March 27, 2020 |

These past few years I’ve been privileged to work with a new and upcoming church starting network called Cyclical, which was founded by a friend (and serial planter), Nick Warnes. Nick and his creative content team assessed the kind of starters (church planters) Cyclical is encountering across North America and Canada, and devised a helpful…

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Cultivating Insider Movements that Adorn the Gospel

By Dan Steigerwald | December 15, 2019 |

I spoke recently at a conference using Pauls letter to Titus.  Using the language of the apostle Paul in Titus 2:10, the message was about “adorning the gospel.”  In that letter we see Paul urging the church in Crete to learn to care, speak and act in ways that don’t give occasion for people to…

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Attending to the Deep Questions at Each Stage of Life

By Dan Steigerwald | December 10, 2019 |

“I suspect that there are different questions for every age in life, perhaps every decade. Knowing them helps us to deal with people sensitively, and it gives us a better understanding of how to build a larger view of our own lives. . . And here’s the kicker. As the questions change, so does the…

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Planting Challenge 3: The team lacks capacities to lead forward and steward the outward impulse

By Dan Steigerwald | December 10, 2019 |

In recent years I worked closely with the leaders of two local planting initiatives. One was an excellent teacher and a strong advocate for justice and compassion initiatives. With those gifts he was able to rally his team to engage various needs in several neighborhoods. The other had a strong relational WOO strength. With warm…

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Planting Challenge 2: Point leaders define themselves more by what they’re against than what they’re for.

By Dan Steigerwald | July 17, 2019 |

When’s the last time you caught yourself railing on some church for its faults? “I’d never consider taking my friends into that environment.” Or, “Wow, they’re the most cutting edge 90’s-style church in the city.” Or maybe it was a broader condemnation: “Most churches talk a lot about Jesus without acting much like Jesus.” These…

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Planting Challenge 1: Superficially grasping missional theology and its range of application

By Dan Steigerwald | June 6, 2019 |

This past year I’ve frequented a church that pours incredible energy into all kinds of justice and compassion ministries throughout our city, and even nationally. They strive to give fair representation up-front to diverse voices often not heard in the body of Christ. They send missionaries to serve both locally and in distant lands. Through…

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Leadership Challenges in Missional Church Planting

By Dan Steigerwald | May 21, 2019 |

If you’re truly immersing in your local setting, you’re regularly encountering people who’ve decided they’re finished with church (the DONES) or who claim no religious affiliation at all (the NONES). The research tells us these populations are on the rise, perhaps eclipsing the 100 million mark in the US alone. These fellow humans experience shalom…

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