“Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs…”

Those are the words of a newcomer family who had been anticipating a negative experience upon their first time at a church I was...

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...

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...

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...

Delivering An Outward-Focused Message

There is no area in the life of a pastor-communicator where he or she has a greater lack of self-awareness than this:  How they...

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...

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...

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...

Witness Or Witless?

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

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.

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...

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...

Leading by Word and Deed: 3 Ways to Move from Words...

We all know the famous quotes about leadership. We have used them time and time again in sermons, Bible studies, or when rallying the...

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...

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...

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...

Hey Pastor… It’s Time To Uplevel Your Messages

Any church planter / pastor who hopes to connect with the community is in need of becoming a great communicator as soon as possible...

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...

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,...

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...