Power, Authority and Influence in the New Church

Today is my decadal birthday and I plan to celebrate every wrinkle. In some cultures, age is a source of power, authority and influence,...

Just a Social Club?

I still remember the passion and excitement that surrounded our church plant’s launch phase. We were a committed group of 20- and 30-somethings who...

Church Planter’s “Blink Test” For Movementum

Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller Blink introduced us to a psychologist who learned to predict whether a marriage would last based on a few minutes of...

Leadership Traits

Everything rises or falls on leadership. That statement captures an important truth about church planting. Good leadership can’t guarantee a church’s success, but it’s...

3 Things I Have Learned About Small Towns and Hard to...

My blog is called UTTERMOST, because our family has been called to “Go where no one else wants to go.” From a small rural...

A Healthy Distrust of One’s Own Ideas

If you're like me, the minute you have an idea, you want to go to press with it. To hit send. To launch it publically. By the...

Where is God Taking His Church?

Want to know where God is taking his church in the future? Want to know what the church will look like over the next...

Are YOU a CHURCH-PLANTER?

When you go to plant a church, or are involved in helping others plant churches that question must be asked clearly and plainly. A...

Missional Community and Starbucks

A couple years ago, my wife Jen and I took a cruise from Seattle to Alaska for our anniversary. It was awesome. We had never been to Seattle, so we decided to fly in a few days early to take in the city. We did all the usual stops. We stood on the observation deck of the space needle, Jen caught a fish at Pikes Place Market, and since we’re both huge coffee lovers, we figured we’d better check out the original Starbucks while we were there.

The Elusive Quest for Balance

A church planting colleague once said to...

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...

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?”...

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...

Witness Or Witless?

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

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...