The Downline Blog

Racial Reconciliation: Our Identity in Christ

Written by: Marlon Wade, 2015-2016 Emerging Leaders Participant “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28 If you look at the state of our society today, you will see a world divided. We have created so […]

Risk Worth the Reward (reblog from Radical)

This blog was written by David Platt and originally posted here. When I look at the big picture and what God is doing in the world, if I were to summarize what I see, on one hand I see unprecedented opportunity before us.  When you look at news headlines that we’re seeing with the refugee […]

Ending a D-Group (Reblog from Replicate Ministries)

This blog was written by 2016 Downline Summit speaker Robby Gallaty and originally posted here. As the end of the year finishes, your D-Groups are likely winding down. Here are some tips that we’ve come up with to help you finish well. Commit to Reproduce By this point, you should have already been praying about your new […]

Longings for a Heavenly City

This blog was written by Emerging Leaders Director John Sarver. I stand by, mesmerized, as she towers over me in all her brilliance: intricate and strong, she nearly reaches the heavens. Larger than life and exuding creative genius, the Eiffel tower attracts the masses, each of them eager to feel awe-struck and to capture her […]

10 Questions on Dating with Matt Chandler

This blog was written by Tony Reinke of Desiring God and originally posted here. Matt Chandler is a husband, father, lead pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, and author of several books, including The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption. Matt was our recent guest on the Ask Pastor […]

A Simple Discipleship Principle You Can Implement Immediately (Reblog from Replicate Ministries)

This was written by 2016 Downline Summit speaker, Robby Gallaty and originally posted here. Volumes could be written about the discipleship principles Jesus employed. But here is one principle you can implement immediately. Dependence upon the Father Jesus’ devotion to the Father came, in part, through his consistent prayer and his teaching others to pray. […]

Formulas, Parenting, and the Gospel

Written by: Erin Crenshaw Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could Google a formula for whatever difficult situation arises and follow it step by step to achieve a good, safe, godly outcome? I tried for many years to look for a formula for whatever situation was presented to me, whether it was succeeding […]

How Do Busy Women Serve in Women’s Ministry?

This blog was written by 2016 Downline Summit speaker, Jen Wilkin and originally posted here. As a young mom, I wrote a letter to my church asking them to consider formalizing the role of women’s minister. The executive pastor called me in for a meeting and promptly offered me the job. I was speechless. At […]

Short Term Missions and The Great Commission (Reblog from Radical)

This blog was written by David Platt and originally posted here. There are so many abuses when it comes to short-term mission trips, and oftentimes these abuses obscure the tremendous value of short-term missions. The goal of short-term mission is always long-term impact…on a variety of different levels. Long-Term Impact Abroad First, we want to […]

Quiet No More

Written by: Pepper Horn It was the spring of 1981. I was driving solo across the southwest heading east on I-40 near Tucumcari, New Mexico. That’s when my Ford Fiesta gave up the ghost. In those ancient days before cell phones, I had no choice but to start sauntering down the highway. I had recently […]