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...

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...

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...

20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters

Here are 20 quotes that I hope you find encouraging as you live out the calling and adventure we call church planting. Desperation is...

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...

“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:...

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...

Upgrading The Weekend ‘Net’: Clarifying the Goal

Some who are veteran readers of my articles and books may be surprised to find that I see weekend gatherings to be of the...

Come & See vs Go & Do Church

Every year I reread certain books. These books were light years ahead of anything out there at the time and are still relevant today....

3.5 Simple but Effective Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Have you ever uttered any of these sentences? "I can't do it!" "That's way out of my league. I can’t possibly succeed at that.” “I tried that...

Less Is More…

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

The Skill of Resilience

How easily do you bounce back from a disappointment? What is your reaction to change? Change is a fact of life. Biologists define a living...

“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 okay as long as...

8.5 of My Favorite Mistakes of 2015

“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” – G. K. Chesterton   I take a bit of time at the end of each year to take an...

My Mentor

I left Washington DC this morning after a marvelous week of church planting work and incredible networking. As I sat in the gate area,...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...