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...

Getting A Coach Who Gets It: What Makes Coaching Missional?

To coach people effectively toward missional ministry, it’s not enough to be a good coach.  The coach also has to be a good missionary—to...

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...

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...

Conquer The Learning Curves

Most of us only dream at the scale of what we've experienced before. It's the learning curve that's holding us back. But learning curves are meant...

Truth Honors God

If God blesses you with leadership in the Church for enough years, you’ll inevitably hit a situation where someone has to be dismissed from...

The Importance Of Protégés In Church Planting

One of the first tasks of a church planter is to expand the leadership.  You will grow as fast as you develop leaders.  Besides...

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...

Why We Need to Maintain Perspective

I was sitting in a class with J. Robert “Bobby” Clinton years ago, dealing with life-long leadership realities.  His seminal statement was this:  “The...

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...

Self-Scouting

A few weeks ago I had the unique experience of chatting with Green Bay Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy, in his home.  Long story,...

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...

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...

Pushing Back to Move Ahead

Did you happen to see the video by Jefferson Behke entitled “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” on YouTube? It depicts Behke rhyming...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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....