What Do The Words We Use Really Mean?

Do the terms culture, kingdom, missional, vision, incarnational, organic sound familiar? Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear these terms used in some...

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...

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...

Truth Honors God

If God blesses you with leadership in the Church for enough years, you’ll inevitably hit a situation where someone has to be dismissed from...

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...

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...

How To Make A Good Sermon Great

The art of writing a sermon fascinates me. How does a speaker move from a good idea to a great message? Others much more...

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...

The Elephant In The Living Room

In the early 1900s one of my Dad's relatives was the governor of Utah, so our family has deep roots in the Mormon Church.  One...

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...

Church Planters And Sermon Prep

Over the years we’ve launched just under 70 churches from our own. Those congregations have planted others and the number of churches that we know...

The Great Killer Of… Many things!

Un-met Expectations can KILL! You know the feeling… You were expecting with all of your heart for “this”, instead you got “That!” We all have expectations,...

Sharing the Joy

Every year a number of our family and friends send a Christmas card with a family summary. I really love getting those, especially from...

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,...

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....

Dummy Domains For Smart Churches

If your church website’s domain name is, www.ChurchOfTheGoodShepherdOfTheHillsInBakersfield.com, you’ve got a problem.  Your branding is closely associated with your domain name.  The age of your...

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...

10 Common Vision and Momentum Killers

First of all, I believe momentum is usually a byproduct of great vision and great vision needs momentum to moveforward. There is definitely a...

Aristotle’s Advice to Church Planters

Aristotle and church planting may never have been mentioned in the same sentence … the same book … previously – I don’t know. Even...

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...