Evangelism Is Not Just Relationship

You don’t have to know a drowning person to save their life.

A Billion Dollar Church Plant

How would you like to have a billion dollars worth or real estate to help with your newest church plant? We did and it...

How To Draw A Crowd

Well, a public hanging might do it.  Or you could hand out money.  Or you could arrange an appearance by Lady Gaga.  Not ready...

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...

Help! I Didn’t Sign Up For This.

I married a sailor.  Never in a million years did I expect to be in the ministry.  First off, we weren’t even Christians when...

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?”...

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...

Church Planting Among Asian-Americans

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Helen Lee wrote about church planting among Asian Americans just a few days ago. I live in...

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,...