Nathan Visker

About Me: 

I'm a pastor of a wonderful church in Ferrysburg, MI. I'm married with 3 kids. We've felt called to home-educate our children and that's been a real adventure. But it's also helped us to think outside the box about lots of other things including church.

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Huddles and Triads

When making disciples in a church context, it’s important to use the right tool for the job. Our church is focusing on 2 specific tools: Triads and Huddles. Which tools do you use?

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The Speed of Discipleship

If you “feel the need for speed,” then starting a movement of discipleship in your church is probably not for you. Discipleship is not a fast process.

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Mission in Small Groups

Last week I blogged about adding mission and service to your small group. This week I’d like to look at some specific ways to add the missional ingredient to your group.

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The Missing Ingredient

After over 10 years of working with and leading small groups, I’ve seen one huge area of need: groups often lack a purpose beyond themselves. I would like to suggest that our small groups need an infusion of mission.

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  • Charles, I suppose this charge could be levied against anything we do in the church - sermons, sacraments, other spiritual disciplines.  Without biblical content and the Holy Spirit, all forms or...

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  • Absolutely, Michael.  It seems like adding intentionality and small community to the spiritual journey accelerates it.  Of course, it's not the formula that makes it happen.  But it seems like God...

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  • Thanks for your comments, Gilbert.  I agree that discipleship is not about a tool or method.  I refer to it as a culture, and I'm thinking specifically about how to help people in the community of...

  • "Another fruit/joy is seeing the changes in the lives of those we are discipling."

    Thanks for mentioning this.  One of the biggest sources of encouragement in my own journey is seeing the...

  • Good thoughts, Brian.  Now that I understand your initial question better, I would also add that our MCs are coached by the pastor (me) and are accountable to the elders.  I sometimes think we...

  • We discovered that about 5% of our congregation had the pre-existing qualifications to lead an MC.  I'll get 2, maybe 3 MCs out of that.  So I've started a process of developing missional leaders...

  • Hi Brian,

    We've been able to maintain a pretty strong connection to the group we sent into the apartment community.  Many of them still attend our Sunday worship service regularly.  We've...

  • We've drawn on a lot of stuff from 3DM.  Our iteration of MCs is probably a little more oriented around a network or neighborhood than 3DM.  We've decided to start with a missional context, while...

  • Hi Andrew,

    I'm at a 60-year old congregation in western Michigan.  Like yours, an even spread of ages.  We started our first missional community in May and hopeto launch 2 more by next...