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...

The Church Model Doesn’t Matter (As Long As You Stick With...

I have a friend who swears that drinking water and walking is the key to optimal health. He walks 50 miles a week and...
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How Do I Connect With My City?

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7 Potential Barriers to Sustained Church Growth

In church planting, we defied the “rules” of growth for several years. By rules I mean things which happen that naturally stall growth. They...

Notable #Churchplanting Tweets

As a church planting nerd, I follow the hashtag #Churchplanting on Twitter. Here are just a few tweets that stood out to me in...

Question On Quitting Ministry

Steve Sjogren is the founding pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his wife Janie started with a small group of...
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Question: How do I find and develop leaders within my church?

How do I find and develop leaders? Steve answers that question in this quick video. If you have any questions regarding church planting, leadership or...

It’s a Thanksgiving Life

Build a Memory of Thanksgiving Kindness When you think of the words, “kindness” and “Thanksgiving” an image of food might come to mind. Maybe your...

7 Life-Giving Statements Everyone Needs to Hear

Words are powerful. As leaders, the words we use make a difference. A huge difference. In my post about life-giving statements Jesus made , I...

Are You An Elemental Leader?

Like most people on the planet, I’ve had some good bosses and some not-so-good bosses. And conversely, in my leadership history, at times I...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

Buying Into Your Preferred Future

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, today you are moving toward your future at a rapid pace. There’s just one...

5 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

A good leader inspires people to do something bigger than themselves. In the case of churches and para-church groups, the Great commission along with...

Introduction. Explanation. Application. A More Effective Way To Write Sermon

Introduction. Explanation. Application. – Step-By-Step For lack of a sexier phrase, I call the sermon writing process that I use and teach based on this...