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....

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...

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...

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...

What Kind Of Benefits Package?

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in church planting recently. An increasing number of sending organizations are offering coaching as part of their planter support...

Prepare, Engage, Act

I’ve coached people—including church planters—for pretty much forever now. When all is said and done, here’s what needs to happen in each coaching session:...

The Art of Resilience

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“Houston, We Have A Problem…”

If the church was a mission to the moon, and I was the commander of the mission, my call to Mission Central would be:...

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...

3 Things That Almost Killed My Church Plant

If you’ve planted a church, and you’re honest with yourself, really honest, you might admit things have not turned out quite like you had planned....

Find a Mentor

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

X = T + E

How many times have you filled in those little square boxes or circles next to items on test forms? Have many times have you...

Contextual Assessment: An Irrefutable Principle of Leadership

Joseph, Joshua, Gideon, and Nehemiah, four Godly leaders in the Old Testament, each faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Of course, seemingly insurmountable and impossible obstacles...

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...

John Mark Revisited: Subjectivity in Personnel Assessment

It was the best of decisions. It was the worst of decisions. In my last blog, I questioned whether John Mark should be considered a...