Church Planting is Hard Work

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the...

Who You Gonna Call?

I spent the past week hanging with and coaching a church planter in trouble. It seems he called the wrong bunch when launching his...

The Tale of the Walnut Farmer

A church planter may be likened to a walnut farmer.  At harvest time, he backs a tractor up to the tree, and with an...

Four Helpful Questions For Church Planters

For the past two years I have been using a very helpful tool that was developed by Tom Patterson and is a part of...

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

When I moved to San Francisco, I brought with me 15 years of experience, a lot of enthusiasm, and all of my Southern California...

What Families Need Most From Church

When our church was in the “church plant” stage, we had a total of five children in our midst (three infants, one toddler, and...

The ONE Thing That Church Planting is All About

As a planter, I used to stand up in front of people all the time and say: "If ONE person comes to know Christ as...

Good News, Bad News

We’ve all heard those familiar words, “I’ve got some good news, I’ve got some bad news, which do you want to hear first?”  My...

BLINK TEST FOR MOVEMENTUM: QUESTION #2

In my last post I reminded you how Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller, Blink introduced us to a psychologist who almost intuitively knew whether a marriage...

Healthy Leaders Make Healthy Churches

One thing my leadership experiences have taught me is that the health of the organization I’m leading depends on me. If I’m healthy my organization is healthy and, if I’m not, neither is it. Your church will only be as healthy as you are. So what do you need to do in order to ensure that you are leading a healthy church? Here are five practices of healthy leaders...

Getting A Coach Who Gets It: What Makes Coaching Missional?

To coach people effectively toward missional ministry, it’s not enough to be a good coach.  The coach also has to be a good missionary—to...

Incarnational vs. Missional Church Planting

The missional emphasis in church planting moves Christ’s church in a good direction. The reason is that it’s most biblical, and that should be the...

Don’t Plant a Church, Plant the Gospel? Seriously?

I’ve heard the statement, “Don’t plant a church, plant the Gospel.” I understand that statement because I know the context, but I really feel...

Perspective Is Everything

I attended my cousin’s funeral last week. We’d been best friends as kids, but our lives had taken different paths and we’d lost contact....

Beware Spousal Drift

Church planters:  here’s something we learned in Converge Church Planting, and many of us learned it the hard way.  A few years back we...

Things Go In Cycles (Ephesians 3:8)

Presently it is cool to bash the church. I get it. Things go in cycles. We just lived through a fifty-year period from the...

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Planting: Evangelists bring...

I’m glad I was influenced by several evangelists early on in my Christian life. These people did something profound – they modeled the normal...

Will Every Church Eventually Die?

Must every church eventually die? It’s a mostly unspoken reality we all live with. Every person (except for those privileged enough to be living when...

Five Tips To Handling Angry People

Church planters, as I have observed and personally experienced, live in a constant state of being either angry, depressed or they are delusional. You...