Hey Pastor… It’s Time To Uplevel Your Messages

Any church planter / pastor who hopes to connect with the community is in need of becoming a great communicator as soon as possible...

Innovation – Or Can We Do Better?

As we launch into the new year new ideas are naturally on the horizon. It is also time to consider putting to bed some old ideas - er uh, make that, terms that are less than helpful to us. I move that we take a break from using the term ‘Innovation’ for a while.

When We Get Real – God Shows Up!

When We Fake It We Look Goofy - Even Freakish My grandma from Paris, Texas was full of colorful expressions.  She didn’t so much speak...

An “Ideator” – Say What?

Have you noticed that power and influence most often seem to only be in the hands of a few who use this influence for personal gain or the destruction of others? There is a smaller percentage of influencers who genuinely seek the betterment of others. These are “Ideators” - a simple word to capture the strengths of these inspired influencers.

How Did Omaha’s Vitamins End Up In The Sewer?

My friend Tracy couldn't believe his eyes. There before him was a twelve foot tall mountain of undigested... vitamins! The idea of “One a Day” took on a whole new meaning at that moment (sorry, couldn’t resist the beg for a pun). This was just seven day's worth of vitamins the good people of Omaha had 'deposited.'

Living With Turnover

One of the most discouraging aspects of planting churches is the fact that most people who start with you leave early on. Why does this...

Where We Get Our Most Productive Pastors

We get pastors from within our church. Every time we’ve hired from the outside it has hurt us. We think this is because we’ve developed...

Tea With Drucker

A few years ago I had some tea with business guru Peter Drucker. I was invited to attend a small, gathering for pastors of large...

Kingdom and Church

Over the last few months, I’ve been feeling the draw toward some larger vision aspects of what God may be wanting to do in...

How To Not Lose Your Core People

One of the problems that I commonly hear from church planters is that the core of people with whom they launch the church don’t...

You’d Have To Be Crazy To Do This…

In a book by Julian Lewis Watkins, The 100 Greatest Advertisements, Sir Earnest Shackleton is quoted as having placed an ad in a London...

Designed for Mission: New Church Facilities – Part 1

Where does a new church gather for worship and other corporate functions? We’ve all heard of multiple creative spots—schools, theaters, restaurants are the most...

Designed for Mission: New Church Facilities – Part 2

Continued from "Designed for Mission: New Church Facilities - Part 1 Where does a new church gather for worship and other corporate functions? We’ve all...

How To Keep Pressing Forward

A friend and I were talking about the value of encouragement, and he said, “Hey, let me tell you a story.” Jared learned to play...

7 Quick Things That Will Kill Your Church Plant If You...

I'm on my 2nd plant ...and things have not changed a bit. Read well, and don't just learn, do something about it! Information without...

Who Will Go To Scranton?

At least once a week I receive a call from an aspiring planter that includes a some variation of the following question…”where is the...

Brothers on Mission Together

In Christ, we have a familial identity. We are not fatherless children seeking hopelessly for our identity in our accomplishments. We have been adopted...

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Planting Churches…About Vision

“Vision is vital, but you can burn your people out on unfiltered vision.” In recent years much has been made of the importance of...

Inviting People To Leave

I can remember fishing with my grandpa when I was a little boy. Fred Flowerday, one of nine boys and a girl born to...

Stuck In Networking Neutral?

Stuck in networking neutral?  Not enough good contacts?   Church not growing the way you’d like? I find that a lot of church planters slip...