This book will help you get clear on your church’s mission and help your church do ministry that really matters!

Introduction to Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God's Mission

Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God’s Mission

You’ve probably noticed that:

  • Churches are emptier than they used to be.
  • Churches are no longer held in high regard.
  • Ministries and programs that used to work no longer seem effective.

And you probably feel:

  • Frustrated
  • Confused
  • Lost

Maybe you even feel like a failure

I know how you feel.

I felt like a failure for years. Why? Because I couldn’t get my church to grow!

  • I read all the books.
  • I attended all the conferences.
  • I joined all the webinars.

But nothing worked.

Then I realized something.

Maybe I was pursuing the wrong thing.

Maybe getting my church to be bigger isn’t what God was asking me to do.

Maybe what God wanted was for me to simply lead my people to join in God’s mission.

Maybe God just wanted us to be a part of what God was already doing.


I developed a process for discerning and engaging in God’s mission—the mission God is actually calling your church into.

That’s what Beyond Thingification is all about.

Vocational Connection Groups

In Beyond Thingification, I outline the Vocational Connection Groups process.  This process essentially involves four steps:

  • GATHER 6-10 people in your church.

    This group will…

  • ENGAGE in their places of vocation

    Once a month they will…

  • RELECT as a group on where they see God at work.

    In the end, the group will…

  • CHOOSE a ministry experiment.

As you and your church read Beyond Thingification and implement the Vocational Connection Groups process, you will:

  1. Help your church meaningfully engage in God’s mission.
  2. Escape the hamster wheel of doing the same old—but now ineffective!—ministry programs.

Beyond Thingification will help you move…

From Confused

about the church's purpose...

To Clear

about the church's mission.

From Frustrated

about your church's ineffectiveness...

To Excited

about what God is doing through your people.

From Distracted

by meaningless measures of success...

To Focused

on faithfulness as the true measure success.

If you’re ready to make this change, I invite you to pick a copy of Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God’s Mission.

Introduction to Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God's Mission
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