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....

Gaining Investors in Your Church Plant

One of the big issues in most forms of church planting is money.  I truly believe in the final analysis all success at some...

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....

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...

How To Make A Good Sermon Great

The art of writing a sermon fascinates me. How does a speaker move from a good idea to a great message? Others much more...

Lessons We Can Learn From Ants

ANTS!!! It seems that no matter what I do they become more. They are in the kitchen, the bathroom, the dining room, the living...

Pastor’s Monday Morning Blues?

Pastors, if you are anything like me, Mondays can be tough. Tough in many ways. For starters, there is the physical recuperation that needs...

The Art of Resilience

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

Characteristics of a Successful Church Planter

Recently I did a post entitled - The 5 P’s of Church Planting The five P’s have been essential in the assessment process that God revealed...

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...

Learn From The Ant

ANTS!!! It seems that no matter what I do they become more. They are in the kitchen, the bathroom, the dining room, the living...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

The Secret Life of Pastors

What is your goal as a pastor? What would bring real satisfaction? I know pastors who have 100 people who are convinced that if they...

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...

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...

Setting Life Goals Intro

I recently read an interesting book by Garry Kasparov titled How Life Imitates Chess. Kasparov won his first world-championship chess match in 1985 and...