Innovation – Or Can We Do Better?

As we launch into the new year new ideas are naturally on the horizon. It is also time to consider putting to bed some old ideas - er uh, make that, terms that are less than helpful to us. I move that we take a break from using the term ‘Innovation’ for a while.

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...

How To Not Lose Your Core People

One of the problems that I commonly hear from church planters is that the core of people with whom they launch the church don’t...

The Gifted Teacher

Getting the message right is only a quarter of the task for the teacher. Communicating the message so that others understand the content only...

Don’t Pull Up The Carrots

One of the traits I have noted in great leaders is they know how to let things lie. They patiently remain inactive. Even when...

Witness Or Witless?

Acts 1:6-8 2000 years ago the preoccupation of the disciples seemed to be the establishment...

Top Ten Mistakes In Church Planting: Catering Strictly to Believers (#1-3)

There are opposite foci that tend to not work in launching a new church. One is to aim strictly at not-yet Believers. I will...

The Two Threads of Church Plant Leadership

The number one requirement for a successful church plant is a certain quality of leadership. This leadership, in my mind, has two primary threads: what...

Help! I Didn’t Sign Up For This.

I married a sailor.  Never in a million years did I expect to be in the ministry.  First off, we weren’t even Christians when...

Mission Berlin: Angels On The Road

Just imagine. You are strolling around in Berlin. All the sudden the spirit leads you to a middle aged woman who is pulling a...

A Prophetic Word That Did Come to Pass

“In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity...

Leadership Traits

Everything rises or falls on leadership. That statement captures an important truth about church planting. Good leadership can’t guarantee a church’s success, but it’s...

A Healthy Distrust of One’s Own Ideas

If you're like me, the minute you have an idea, you want to go to press with it. To hit send. To launch it publically. By the...

5 Indispensable Questions For Speakers

This past week as I was wrestling with a message for the weekend I had to go back to five basic questions I try...

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...

What Families Need Most From Church

When our church was in the “church plant” stage, we had a total of five children in our midst (three infants, one toddler, and...

Should Christians Be Liked By The Culture?

A consistent question I often get is related to whether or not Christians should be liked by the culture.  My simple answer has been...

Evangelism Key: Start the Conversation!

In a previous entry – "Evangelism is not just relationship" I submitted that we must not hesitate to share the Gospel even if we don't...

Planting Churches That Target Men

A Study in 2000 from Switzerland provides insight on the importance on male attendance on the religious development of children in the country. 'In...