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...

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...

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...

Making Disciples in an Entitlement Culture

Call me old school. Throughout my education, I worked hard to achieve. Academic and athletic achievements did not come easy, or so it seems....

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...

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...

Expansion, Growth and the Proactive Pastor

I have been thinking and praying about the upcoming new year and my plans, goals, and dreams. I don't want to be a reactive...

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...

Christmas on the Mission Field

I have spent some time on the mission field. My involvement was weeks or at times months at a time. I have a special...

Either Distinct or Extinct

“A popular megachurch is starting a new location near us. That church is so big and has so many resources. How are we supposed...

Frienemies of Church Planting Momentum

Momentum is the most significant indicator of the movement of God with a group of people. With the “Big M” almost anything can be...

7 Life-Giving Statements Everyone Needs to Hear

Words are powerful. As leaders, the words we use make a difference. A huge difference. In my post about life-giving statements Jesus made , I...

Answer This Question Before You Plant A Church

Gentry McColm has written a book entitled The Inner Life of the Church Planter. While several of us have written books on the practical...

What If Ministry Failures Aren’t Failures?

The great spiritual writer Watchman Nee observed, “We think in terms of apostolic journeys. God dares to put His greatest ambassadors in chains.” Could it...

Preach it… With More Than Just Feeling

Preaching. Countless people have done it and are doing it. And as we all know, there isn’t just one way of doing it. When...

Are You A LEADER (who has to preach) or A PREACHER...

I want you to be brutally honest with yourself because how you answer this simple question should determine the focus of your remaining years...

The Good Fight of Faith

Many years ago I received a phone call inviting me to come conduct Bible studies for a Filipino fighter named Manny Pacquiao. He was scheduled...

The Most Important Question A Church Planter Can Ask

I’ve planted three churches. One in my early 20’s, one in my late 20’s, and my final one after I had just turned 40....

Staffing Your Church Plant

Two of the biggest challenges for church planters is raising a launch team and raising funds. The third most significant problem is finding staff...