Confronting Spiritual ADHD (Church as Attentive Community)

This year, Mission Alive hosted three of the classes at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures.  Last week we shared Missional R & D: Church as Adaptive Community taught by Dr. Phil Claycomb and Charles Kiser.

The third class Mission Alive hosted was Confronting Spiritual ADHD (Church as Attentive Community). Does your church suffer from too much activity and not enough listening? How can the church become a community of spiritual attentiveness? This class discusses this paradigm change for the 21st century church.



The class was taught by Jarrod Robinson, minister of the word at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, TX, and Charles Kiser, the director of training at Mission Alive and a church planter in Dallas, TX.

Missional R & D: Church as Adaptive Community

This year, Mission Alive hosted three of the classes at the Pepperdine Lectureships.  Last week we shared Keep Church Weird: Church as Alternative Community, taught by Collin Packer and Charles Kiser.

The second class Mission Alive hosted was Missional R & D: Church as Adaptive Community. What does research and development have to do with the church? What do churches and entrepreneurs have in common? In this class, these questions are discussed and how churches faithfully adapt to their changing contexts.


The class was taught by Dr. Phil Claycomb, the executive director of Nexus and Charles Kiser, the director of training at Mission Alive and a church planter in Dallas, TX.


Keep Church Weird: Church as Alternative Community

This year, Mission Alive hosted three of the classes at the Pepperdine Lectureships.  For the next three weeks, starting today, we will be sharing with you recordings from all three classes, in case you missed them this year or you wanted to hear them again.

The first class Mission Alive hosted was Keep Church Weird: Church as Alternative Community.  As an outpost of God’s reign, the church is a counter-culture to the prevailing culture around it, though perhaps in unexpected ways that is good news to those outside the church. This recording discusses how the church embodies an alternative way of life in its North American neighborhood.

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Collin Packer and Charles Kiser

The class was taught by Collin Packer, the preaching minister at Greenville Oaks Church of Christ in Allen, TX and Charles Kiser, the director of training at Mission Alive and a church planter in Dallas, TX.

The Nativity

It’s December and our Nativity scene sits on our mantle – just like it does every year. It reminds us of God’s gift – his Son, who came to earth as a human and who became our Savior. A marvelous gift that we celebrate at Christmas time.


The scene depicting Jesus’ birth brings to mind that God’s Son humbled Himself by giving up His position in heaven and taking on human form. He also loved us so much that, though He was perfect, He took on Himself the sins of all humankind and died a humiliating death on a cross so that our sins were forgiven.  This death was the prelude to His becoming the risen Lord standing beside our Father interceding for us.

 Baby Jesus in the manger also reminds us of the man Jesus, who lived a life that we as Christians want to imitate. He had meals with the undesirable, had conversations with those who were ignored, demonstrated how to love God, taught life lessons in everyday language,  healed the deaf, blind, and lepers…. He loved the unlovable!

 The Nativity scene on our mantle is a reminder that God in Jesus became “flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14). He is Immanuel, God with us. He showed us how to live and how to obey our Father.

 The Nativity scene sits on our mantle not only during the Christmas season but throughout the year. It reminds us that God’s coming into the world is not just a December message but one for every day of the year!

 The Mission Alive team wishes you hope, peace, joy, and love during this Christmas season!

Report from the Field: Introducing Charles and Julie Kiser, Church Planters in Texas

This week, we want to introduce Charles and Julie Kiser, church planters in Dallas, Texas.


Where is your church plant?   

Our plant is in Dallas, Texas.

Why did you choose the place to plant? 

We chose Dallas because there are many opportunities in the city to connect with 1) those who are disconnected from God and/or Christian community; 2) those who are downtrodden and need a community to walk with them from poverty to wholeness.

What is your vision for what you are doing?

Our vision is to start missional communities in more and more nooks and crannies of culture in Dallas so that more and more people can find their place in God’s story.

What made you want to become a church planter specifically?

God called our family to be missionaries! We sensed this calling from conversations with others, time in Scripture, and a deep passion that has emerged in us. It’s like a fire in our bones. Even when we get tired and want to give up, we can’t see ourselves doing anything else.

What tips or advice would you have for someone interested in church planting?

1) If you can see yourself doing something other than church planting, then do it! Church planting is not for the faint of heart. It will be easy to quit if there’s not a deep sense of calling from God.

2) Consider first joining a church that embodies that kind of missional life you want to plant. Start a missional community with them before you branch out to start a church. If you can’t think of such a church, come to Storyline! We are FAR from perfect, but we’ll walk with you and help you get started!

If you are interested in church planting, or would like more information, please visit our website at


Catalyze Coach Training – How You Can Make A Difference

Do you want to make an impact in your community, relationships, or workplace?  Do you want to influence others and help others reach their goals?

Mission Alive’s Catalyze Coach Training will equip you to help others maximize their growth and reach their God given goals.  As a coach, you will learn to relate authentically, listen deeply, and help others see what they have never seen before.  You will learn how to help others get focused, stay focused and gain traction. In short, you will learn new ways to lead, by empowering others on mission with God.

Catalyze Coach Training is a 28 week professional certification program that involves a combination of self-paced reading, on-line instruction, and a 2.5 day training lab.  In addition, we will pair you with a personal coach mentor who will help you put what you’re learning into practice.  Your coach mentor will give you direct feedback on your coaching, and supervise you as you personally coach two of your own clients.

Important Dates To Remember

Registration Deadline is on December 4, 2015

Classes will start on January 4, 2016.

Training Lab will be in Dallas, TX on February 18-20, 2016

Begin Coaching Clients on March 28, 2016

Register Here Today!

Reggie McNeal and the Missional Church

Below is a brief post by Reggie McNeal from 2009 in which he gives a simple description of ‘missional church.’ However, that is not what I want you to see. I want you to see the simple exercise one church did by cancelling the staff meeting and going into the community to pray. Note also they were so impacted they sent the entire church out to do the same thing. Would your church dare to do such a thing? Would you take the chance of upsetting the status quo by praying the prayer they prayed while sitting in the middle of your community? I dare you!

Reggie McNeal is a friend of Mission Alive. He is funny. He is irreverent.  Most of all he is challenging. He will speak at Mission Alive’s 2016 DFW Celebration. Mark your calendar now to join us on Saturday, April 9, 2016 to hear Reggie McNeal live at the Hope Center in Plano, Texas.