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...

Faith-casting – The Gift That Helps You Grow

In Acts 2, when Peter was inspired to preach mightily by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was evidencing an amazing amount of...

What Do You Do When Your Truck (Or Church Plant) Crashes?

Six years ago, my accountability partner came to Bible Study and asked for prayer.  Ken is CEO of a company that franchises boutiques across...

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...
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Top Question Church Planters Ask….

From our friend Peyton Jones and New Breed Church Planting. The most downloaded podcast reveals something about church planters and church planting in general....

The Leader’s Script for Self-Defeat

Self-defeat, the dysfunctional activity of harming oneself, manifests itself in many ways. Some are obvious; others, less so. Suicidal behavior and the various types...

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...

5 Aspects To Leading With Faith

One of the things that has surprised me most over the years is how little we put Faith at the center of our church...

Developing Leadership In Your Church Plant

If you expect your church plant to grow beyond your own personal capacity to lead others, you absolutely need to develop leadership in your...

Was it Really a Mistake?

“A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point.” The above quote if...

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...
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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...

Two Painful Requirements of Constructive Change

Every individual, group, organization, and certainly, every church periodically faces the challenge of changing. It has been said that change is the one constant...

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...

Church Planting: Systems Thinking

In the San Francisco Bay Area, leaders with whom I connect are working together to frame a more comprehensive and unified approach to starting...

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...

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...

6 Steps To Simple Church Planting

There are a lot of new buzz words and strategies these days for planting churches. I must admit, I am from a small town...

The Problem With Church Buildings

One of the first questions every church planter (after, "Why won't you turn the music down?") will face is “When will we move into...

11 Keys to Building Second-Generation Leadership

Church planting is full of risks and challenges. My own experience in church planting illustrates a significant, and all too common, problem; a high rate...