Assimilation & Our Churches: Do We Do It Well?

For those in church leadership, the issue of assimilation typically comes with questions of effectiveness and strategy. Truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all...

Profiles of the Heart

You have all seen social media profiles. For all the talk today against “profiling” we are all self-identified by our “profile.” What does your...

3 Ways to Help You Get Unstuck

The thought of making a difference stirs you to take action. The excitement of something unique and fresh drives you to step out in...

Ask Two Questions Each Day

One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask, “Are those who report to me headed in the same direction as...

Don’t Agree to Be the Senior Leader – Unless

Here’s a warning I want to give to those who are currently not in a senior leadership position, but think they may want to...

Don’t Let Them Die! Give Them This!

Vision isn’t just something good for leaders to have, it’s a must! Proverbs says it pretty clearly… Without vision people DIE. They won’t follow a leader...

Do You Need to Re-Launch Your Church Plant?

I spend as much time or more coaching those planters who are almost ready to give up or close down their churches due to...

Put to the Test: Gideon’s Case for Behavioral Assessment

Have you ever made a bad hiring decision? Enthusiastically selected someone to a responsible position, only to watch the decision cascade into a disaster?...

12 Things to Know… Within The First 12 Months

By the time your church is 12 months old, you should know these 12 things. 1) Don’t take yourselves too seriously You are important to God....

Church Multiplication Without Restraint

A few years ago I spent a week teaching disciple-making and church multiplication to pastors in Thailand. On that trip I met a man, with...

Online Giving For the “Average” Size Church

At Churchplanting.com, we know that churches come in all sizes and "flavors." Knowing the average church size in America is 75 or less, I...

21 Ways to Keep a Church from Growing

Here are 21 ways to keep a church from growing:

Crash Course In Leadership

Church planting pastors usually experience a painful crash course in leadership. Very few seminaries teach this well and very few churches model this well....

Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch

The marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who was sent from the Battle of Marathon to Athens—26 miles away—to inform the Greeks...

Why We Need a Church Planting Manifesto

We make statements every day. Most are quite unassuming—small facts needed to navigate life, maintain a healthy marriage, or keep our jobs. Other times...

Divine Appointments

Proverbs 16:9 is one of my favorite promises: “In his heart a man plans his course, but God orders His footsteps.” I’ve circled it for years! I also love...

What Should I know About Church Vision?

Vision. We all talk about it. Its importance, it’s power, it’s ability to draw people and resources. But some lessons associated with church vision...

Preparing For Guests

I have a very foundational belief that no guest enters a church, whether a conventional church structure or an unconventional gathering place, by happenstance. Rather,...

Church Planter Assessment, Ridleys 13 Characteristics and Test

What does it take to be an effective church planter? Dr. Charles Ridley conducted a study of church planters in the United States and Canada....

Michelangelo’s Haunting Uncertainty

For years I’ve had to take a deep breath whenever anyone asked me what I did for a living.  I knew that as soon...