Next up in our newest series “What's on Your Mind” is Pastor John Bishop. John is the Pastor of Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Washington. In addition, he is the acclaimed author of Dangerous Church: Risking Everything to Reach Everyone.
1. What big issues or concepts are you currently thinking about or working on?
The big idea at Living Hope is “Stabilize to mobilize.” With getting our K-Mart building, I shut down all campuses (except 3) as they were all local and not needed. We are in a process of realigning staff, reevaluating all ministries, asking what is working, what isn't and in every area, what is the “win” based on our vision which is “Living Hope church exists to passionately, authentically and simply help people know and follow Jesus.”
3. Other than the Bible, what book has been the most foundational for your ministry?
Purpose Driven Church (Rick Warren) and also 7 Practices of Effective Ministry (Andy Stanley). Both books have been instrumental in developing a long term strategy for ministry which isn't based on a particular model or church, but is based on how to help people become fully devoted to Jesus (Warren) and how to stay focused on the win (Stanley).
4. Where do you go to explore new ideas? What kind of environments inspire you?
I love networking with other church planters and not just new or growing, but churches that are doing all they can do in their environment. The problem sometimes with a list is that it doesn't take into account budgets, demographics, or even ask how many people are saved and baptized. I want to learn from churches that are risking everything they can to reach their cities.
A book that helped me think differently is called The Houdini Solution. Instead of thinking outside the box, we might be better if we can think inside the box. Be who you are, where you are and always for the glory of ONLY GOD.
5. Just for fun: what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
I don't drink coffee, but every Sunday I have a quadruple shot of espresso.
Pastor John Bishop is the author of Dangerous Church: Risking Everything to Reach Everyone.
Learn more about John at his website dangerouschurch.com, johnbishop.tv and livinghopechurch.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @John_Bishop