How to &^%*&^%&^$* Your Church Plant or Current Church by Not...

Well, that title says it all. You can fill in any words you want for the characters that will no doubt appear anytime you...

3 Questions to Ask When Planning a Sermon Series

One of the best changes my church ever made was going from preaching stand-alone sermons every Sunday to preaching through sermon series. Sermon series...

Without Vision The People Perish

African gazelles can jump over a ten foot fence, but they can be contained at a zoo behind a six foot wall.  You see,...

Finish Your Sermon by 11 a.m. Monday

I want to show you how you can finish your sermons, every single week, by Monday at 11 a.m. Yes, you heard me right. I promise...

Growth By Accident. Death By Committee.

“Yeah, the weirdest thing. Everything seemed to be going well, at least it looked that way on the surface to us. We went away...

Brevity of Sermons

Note: This post was originally written several years ago but is still relevant today and something worth considering as communicators of the greatest message...

Revival

I have found an old word creeping into my prayers and vocabulary lately. The word is revival. Revival is when whole cities, churches or societies...

The Power of Encouragement

A few years ago, Georgia, my wife and I went to downtown Berlin to do some shopping. We had seven different stops to make....

Sermon Planning 101

Here are a few things to consider when planning sermons for the new year: 1) Consider preaching through the Bible every year - We read through...

No Ministries At Our Church

CP Editor Note: This article was previously posted many years ago. The content, however, is still very relevant and brings attention to consumerism within...

How To Create Compelling Sermon Titles

Here’s a quick and easy process to follow that will help you generate compelling sermon titles every week: 1. Title Your Message Only After You...

The Happy(Note) Story

The following is a guest post by Happy Leman. Happy and his wife Dianne are the co-founding pastors of  The Vineyard Church of Central...

Out of the Algorithm, Into the Mystery!

There are two great tasks for the Church in North America today. First, we must do everything we already know how to do to...

A Month By Month Guide To Understanding Your Listener’s Mindsets

All great communicators begin with focusing on their listener’s mindset, not their topic. Senior Pastor’s who are great preachers are no exception to this rule. Below...

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...

Brevity of Sermons

Church planters generally have a lot of vision, passion, drive and urgency to communicate the Good News to others. How do these excellent characteristics translate into the sermon length—particularly for those of us who have a high view of Scripture?

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...

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...

Don’t Let Them Die! Give Them This!

Vision isn’t just something good for leaders to have, it’s a must! Proverbs says it pretty clearly… Without vision people DIE. They won’t follow a leader...

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...