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4 Suggestions for Finding the Right Mentor

I have had many mentors who have invested deeply in my life. The person I am is in great part because of others pouring...

Four Important Reminders for Pastors Dealing with Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues in general and burnout in particular are real issues for pastors and leaders as we minister in our complex world. This...

Through The Good, Bad and Ugly

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you...

Introduction. Explanation. Application. A More Effective Way To Write Sermon

Introduction. Explanation. Application. – Step-By-Step For lack of a sexier phrase, I call the sermon writing process that I use and teach based on this...

5 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

A good leader inspires people to do something bigger than themselves. In the case of churches and para-church groups, the Great commission along with...

Quitting isn’t the Answer

As I write this blog baseball's World Series is happening between two teams that have not been a part of the "Big Show" in...

Buying Into Your Preferred Future

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, today you are moving toward your future at a rapid pace. There’s just one...

How to Deal with Disgruntled Church Members Part 2

The path disgruntled church members take to process and air their grievances is just as common as the accusations themselves. Step #1: “I’m hurt.” It always...

When Your Identity is Wrapped Up into Your Ministry

My identity has too often been tied to the successes or failures of the ministries that I lead—and too frequently in unhealthy ways. It’s easy...

8 Things I Wouldn’t Do Again if Planting Another Church

I have been involved in church planting for most of my ministry career – whether as a planter or as a supporter of planting....

The Art of Resilience

How easily do you bounce back from a disappointment? What is your reaction to change?

Less Is More…

Like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates share in the Times article link below, I too have found that the key to success is to...

“Ready, aim. Ready, aim. Ready, aim…”

Ready, aim. Ready, aim... Sometimes leaders come across like they are a stuttering, dyslexic firing squad – continually using this as the motto above. That’s all...

How To Lead Yourself Everyday!

My good friend Bob Bouwer was having lunch with the campus pastor of COMMUNITY a couple weeks ago when he said, "Everyday at the top of...

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...

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....

Learn To Delegate Influence

Learning to not only delegate work but influence is one of the most inspiring tasks of a church planter and good leader. After having poured...

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...

Are You An Elemental Leader?

Like most people on the planet, I’ve had some good bosses and some not-so-good bosses. And conversely, in my leadership history, at times I...

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...