From Horses to the Moon: Something to Think About

I want you to think about the title to this blog post and ask yourself, “What has this to do with religion?” Here are...

The 3 Buckets of Every Church

If you are trying to restart your congregation or jumpstart growth, what I’m about to share with you is hands down the single most...

3 Options When the Church No Longer Reflects the Community

I was coaching a group of pastors and was asked a question I’ve encountered, but never really answered. It’s a question, which seems to...

Church Planters And Sermon Prep

Over the years we’ve launched just under 70 churches from our own. Those congregations have planted others and the number of churches that we know...

Serving Outside the Local Church

As a pastor, I had a strong conviction about staff members in regards to one way they should spend their time. I often encouraged...

MULTIPLICATION – It Wont Happen Without…

Recently, someone asked me to boil down the concept of multiplication as far as I possibly can. So here goes. Looking at many of the...

How the Church Can Thrive in a Non-Christian World

There was a time in our history when it seemed like everyone was a Christian. Now, depending on where in America you live, it...

How To Keep Pressing Forward

A friend and I were talking about the value of encouragement, and he said, “Hey, let me tell you a story.” Jared learned to play...

Highlights from Exponential – Washington DC

Here are highlights from our DC speakers this week: "Build God's Kingdom…not your's" -Greg Nettle Be known for your outrageous generosity - @gregnettle Will...

Measure What Matters

We are changing what we measure at Cornerstone. I think we should measure 1-Thing… Movement I see Jesus taking the disciples through a process: 1. Find Jesus 2....

Fighting Consumerism

I finally decided to try to put together a few thoughts regarding “how to de-consumerize your church.” Regardless of whether you are a new church...

Taking the Long View

At some point in our life, each of us has to learn the necessity of taking the long view. Deferred gratification causes us to...

“Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs…”

Those are the words of a newcomer family who had been anticipating a negative experience upon their first time at a church I was...

5 Shared Characteristics Needed to do Church Planting or Church Revitalization

Church planting is a difficult, but rewarding assignment in ministry. So is church revitalization. In 16 years as a pastor I was blessed to...

10 Steps to Goal Setting Part 2 – Check Your Motives

#2 Check Your Motives It is difficult for me to publish my life goals because they are subject to interpretation. And if you don’t know...

Finding a Mentor

I met with my mentor yesterday.  Bryce Jessup, President Emeritus of William Jessup University, has kindly been my mentor for many years.  Three other...

Battling Consumerism Within The “Church”

Regardless of whether you are a new church plant or an existing church trying to reform and reposition your congregation to thrive during tough...

Conference Spotlight – Exponential

Exponential is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities. They equip movement makers with actionable principles,...

Defining Success for Church Plants

Success is not necessarily a numbers issue. I know plenty of large churches that may look successful on the outside, but are not doing...

Leading by Word and Deed: 3 Ways to Move from Words...

We all know the famous quotes about leadership. We have used them time and time again in sermons, Bible studies, or when rallying the...