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...

Bust The Dam

Church-planting is so Vogue. Everybody is in it, on it, around it, staring in it or refining it. But sometime you just need to...

What Makes Church Planting Missional?

In the old days of the attractional church plant, you’d try to gather a crowd and then build a church out of it. That...

The Cost Of Influence

Influence is an interesting animal. You can have it with people in certain spheres, but absolutely zero in others. Like how Malcolm Gladwell probably goes...

Survival Training

A study conducted by the Center for Missional Research in 2007 revealed two important realities about church plants. The first reality is great news--most...

Don’t Pull Up The Carrots

One of the traits I have noted in great leaders is they know how to let things lie. They patiently remain inactive. Even when...

Core Group or Support Group?

After moving over 600 miles north from Atlanta, to the land where winter seems like one giant snow globe, I was willing to look...

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...

On Gatheringlessness…

This week begins an eight week scattered focused for our church.  As we mentioned in AND…the Gathered and Scattered Church, there are two redemptive...

Together We Will!

Together we will! It’s Stadia’s theme this year.  It reflects a core value of collaboration, networking, caring for one another, and encouraging one another.  I...

The Indispensable Ingredient

I was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago to attend the Harbor Presbyterian MultiSite 3.0 conference. It is not a big conference,...

How To Choose The Right Leadership Team For Your Church Plant

“…appoint elders…” - Titus 1:5 The mistake I have most consistently repeated in planting churches is poor selection of my first set of Elders.  This...

Total Context Disciplemaking

Ever find yourself quoting scripture out of context? I do. And, I find it can make a crucial difference in my disciples. For instance I’m...

Witness Or Witless?

Acts 1:6-8 2000 years ago the preoccupation of the disciples seemed to be the establishment...

Thirty Reasons Church Leaders Need a Coach

I often say that every church leader needs a coach. Below are thirty reasons the participants of Gospel Coach Training have shared: Coaching helps to...

Are You Asking the Wrong Question?

As long as I’ve been aware, the gold standard for measuring how a church is doing is “How many were in church last Sunday?”...

Top Ten Mistakes In Church Planting: Catering Strictly to Believers (#1-3)

There are opposite foci that tend to not work in launching a new church. One is to aim strictly at not-yet Believers. I will...

Protecting Your Vision From Drift

“He shoots! He scores!” You hear the basketball announcers proclaim. “What a fade-away jumper!” and the crowd goes wild! A fade-away shot in a basketball game...

The Two Threads of Church Plant Leadership

The number one requirement for a successful church plant is a certain quality of leadership. This leadership, in my mind, has two primary threads: what...

The Elusive Quest for Balance

A church planting colleague once said to...