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Defining Discipleship

https://youtu.be/NNFSFd5g6NA Matthew 28:19–20: “Go therefore and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,...
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Creating Momentum

English Language Learners Definition of momentum. : the strength or force that something has when it is moving. : the strength or force that...

Unsung Heroes

When my wife and I planted our first church, we went alone. We didn’t know any better. We thought that we just needed to...

The Demise of Cash and Checks

The other day I said something online about writing a check and I received guffaws from some of my colleagues. I didn’t...

Words + Deeds = Amazing Momentum!

Words of love need to be connected with deeds of love. Human nature being what it causes us to gravitate to serving...

Lessons Learned in 2018

Reflecting on 2018 has taken more time than previous years. To put it simply - a lot has happened. Some great things and there...

Turtles Last Longer Than Rabbits

You’ve heard Aesop’s story about the tortoise and the hare. In this classic tale, the hare takes off quickly in the race....

10 Quotes on Prayer

All of us love miracles. We just don’t like being in situations where we need one. 2. If...

Revitalization Hope for the New Year

While this blog is typically for church planting, there is also a great need for church revitalization. Too many churches close their doors every...

Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models

A few years ago we got another car. Well, truthfully, Donna (my wife) made me get one. To be completely honest, she went and bought...

Sermon Planning 101

Here are a few things to consider when planning sermons for the new year: 1) Consider preaching through the Bible every year - We read through...

Doing Something New

I was interviewed a few years ago, by the Suncrest Church that I planted in 1994 in southeast Chicagoland for a New Year’s Sunday...

Finish Your Sermon by 11 a.m. Monday

I want to show you how you can finish your sermons, every single week, by Monday at 11 a.m. Yes, you heard me right. I promise...

Steve Sjogren’s Reading Recommendations for 2019

At the beginning of each year, I hear leaders stating the fact that they want to read more in the new year. I am...

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...

When Tragedy Strikes

About 300,000 people die every day in the world.  About 7,000 in the US.  That’s about 290 per hour.  27 people die in the...

Two Classics That Are Worth Reading Again

Recommended reading for all church planters and pastors. These 2 books should be on your "must read" list. If you have read them in the...

Stats and Expectations

We all know that 78.6% of all stats are made up on the spot. For all my nerdy stat friends - that is called...

Leaders Can’t Be Pleasers

I was having a conversation the other day with an up and coming leader. He was dealing with a very hurtful relationship that ended...

7 Things the Church Can’t Do for the Pastor

Pastor, there are some things your church can’t do for you. They simply can’t. Please understand. I love the church. Greatly. I’m a local church guy....