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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...