The Desert Blooms Project is a documentary film series created to help you envision making disciples and living on mission with the people you love the most.



  • "Why can't church feel more like family?" 

  • "Why is it so hard to articulate why, or how, we could be living on mission beyond Sunday?" 

  • "What can we do as the church loses influence in society?" 


EPISODE ONE: On Becoming "Sent"

Jon and Alissa Shirley have dinner with their unchurched neighbors and hear why they aren't attracted to the church today. The Gathering Network (a church in Kansas City) starts making big changes to make disciples and live on mission.

EPISODE TWO: Reclaiming the Plot

Jon interviews today's most influential missional thinkers on the effect Christendom has had on the church's core identity. The Gathering Network makes big strides forward in growing missional communities that live deeply into their contexts. 

Hear from today's best missional thinkers:

Alan Hirsch, Michael Frost, Mike Breen, Lance Ford, Jo Saxton, Alan and Eleanor Kreider...

YOUR GUIDE: Jon Shirley

Jon Shirley is a storyteller. He's a worship leader with over 25 years of experience in church leadership. He's a songwriter, speaker, and missional practitioner working with the Gathering Network - a network of missional communities in Kansas City. He is also the founder of Love and War - a network of Jesus-shaped worship leaders committed to the art of growing spiritual families that make disciples and live on mission with worship and prayer at the core.