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...

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.

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?

We All Get To Play

This week, I had the opportunity and privilege to attend a training session hosted by Forge Chicago and led by Alan Hirsch on “Unleashing...

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...

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...

How To Manage Expectations In A New Congregation

We are in the midst of one of the best transition of our lives. My wife and I are privileged (in our mid-60s) to plant...

The Greatest Form of Evangelism?

Years ago, studies circulated that showed that new churches tended to be more evangelistic than older, more established ones. The axiom followed, "The greatest...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Top #churchplanting Tweets of the week

Send Network‏ @sendnetwork Church planting isn’t just a ministry for individual planters; it’s a ministry for the whole Church. Brad Brisco‏ @bradleybrisco Church...

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...

QR Codes and Some Ways to Use Them in Church Planting

A QR code (which stands for quick response) is a two dimensional bar code that looks like a black and white patterned square. It...

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...

Witness Or Witless?

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

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...

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 Centrality of Vision

Most of us, when we go on a trip, do a bit of thinking beforehand about what it will be like when we get...