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...

Is Bigger Really Better? The Statistics actually Say “No”!

There are millions of people in smaller congregations across the country who live with a feeling that they are failures because their church isn’t...

The Pastor’s Wife Is Simply a Wife

I had a hard time finding in Scripture where it explains the role of a pastor’s wife. I dragged out every concordance I could...

Hey, You’re a Pastor’s Kid – Why Aren’t You Crazy?

According to several sources (Pike, 2009, Calvin, 2008, Montgomery, 2006, et al) eighty percent of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek...

Incarnational Living – What Does That Actually Mean?

Much has been made lately of the phrase “living incarnationally.” The basic idea is to live as Jesus lived while he was on earth....

Some Things Only God Can Do

Somebody here needs to be reminded that there are some things that only God can do.   At times that can seem scary, but mostly...
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10 Characteristics of a Church on Mission

The Tension to Be on Mission The church in every generation is called to bring the good news of the kingdom into a spiritual encounter...

Will Every Church Eventually Die?

Must every church eventually die? It’s a mostly unspoken reality we all live with. Every person (except for those privileged enough to be living when...

What Defines A Successful Church?

Success is not neccesarily a numbers issue. I know plenty of large churches that may look successful on the outside, but are not doing...

5 Things Anointed Leaders Have

In 1 Samuel 10 Saul is anointed as King over Israel. As soon as he was anointed as the leader 5 signs occurred that I see in the leaders of today (or I should say the great anointed leaders of today).

Sacrificial Service

One of the essential elements of a disciple-- and therefore of the church as a whole-- is sacrificial service. Yet in the flurry of...

What Does Spiritual Depth Look Like?

The word “deep” is a dangerous word in church world today. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say they’re leaving...

Stadia – Church Planting Network

Stadia brings people and churches together to transform lives and communities through church planting. Stadia strives to provide the BEST planter care possible to...

Gaining Investors in Your Church Plant

One of the big issues in most forms of church planting is money.  I truly believe in the final analysis all success at some...

Without These 5 Staff Positions, Your Church Plant Will Probably Fail

5 positions? I know, you can't even afford 1, right? Well, that is part of the issue to begin with. I am not sure...

Mindset, Heart Set and Skill Set: Ties that Bind Doctoral Students,...

As a graduate professor, I have determined that students in Ph.D. programs fall into two basic categories: doctoral students and students enrolled in doctoral...

The Most Common Leadership Problem

A colleague of mine who works as a consultant with church groups often asks people to make a list of all of their leadership...

10 Deadly Sins That Will Kill Your Church

Every year an estimated 4,000 churches close their doors? (That is 334 each month, 83 each week, 12 each day). Fortunately, in 2010 denominations,...

Elephant or Rabbit?

A friend recently shared this proverb with me, “If you want 100 tons of meat, raise elephants. If you want 1000 tons of...

3 Yards And A Cloud Of Dust

Woody Hayes is credited with this description of Ohio State football.  It really came from a sportwriter and was originally “Five yards and a...