Missionary Identity

Fixing the Church Board Problem

Some churches call them deacons, some call them elders, some have trustees, and others probably call them by other names, but for this post...

A Radical Strategy To Break The 100 Barrier

If your church has been stuck at 25, 45, or 75 for more than three years and God has laid it on your heart...

Pastoring Through a Pandemic

This feels like we’re experiencing a biblical plague.  Well, maybe it’s not a plague, but it is a difficult time for church members and leaders...

A Leader People Want to Follow

What kind of a leader are you? There are several hundred books (at least!) that will help you discover that answer, but in my...

5 Ways a Leader Responds as a Crisis Begins

Leader, how should we respond when a crisis comes? I love the leadership displayed during a scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” where George Bailey...

Where Is The Best Place To Plant a Church?

I oftentimes hear from aspiring church planters and the topic of location comes up in the conversation. They usually ask the question - ”where...

Don’t Give Up -Sync!

  I've had one of those weeks when everywhere I turn, I've heard or read some version of Paul's verse in Galatians, "Let us not...

Becoming A Minimalist Pastor

We would all agree that the worst possible rut to ever be in as a Pastor is living in a perpetual state of distraction,...

Jeff and Steve are big fans of quotes. For communicators, a powerful quote that’s well placed will stir your listeners and/or readers. The following are some of our favorites — in fact this is a just a small part of several thousand on hand. Perhaps more quote books will follow… — God’s best to you and your communication gifts — may these be powerful tools in your hands! – Steve Sjogren

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How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start?

  Some have said that Paul only started 14 churches in his lifetime. If so that is a remarkable thing, but I tend to think...

Five Reasons for Church Planting

“The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches,” according to Peter Wagner (1990). This oft-quoted phrase by the former professor...

How To Lead Yourself Everyday!

My good friend Bob Bouwer was having lunch with the campus pastor of COMMUNITY a couple weeks ago when he said, "Everyday at the top of...

Funding New Church Plants

Funding a new church plant is probably the most challenging aspect of the task. We aren’t usually doing well on this front.  One option...

20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters

I love quotes! I especially like quotes from people who have a track record. They inspire me to press forward even when the going...

Church Planting

Evangelism

Missionary Identity

As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity,...