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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

Preach it… With More Than Just Feeling

Preaching. Countless people have done it and are doing it. And as we all know, there isn’t just one way of doing it. When...

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...

6 Reasons You SHOULD Preach Other Pastor’s Sermons

The secret to leading a growing church is steal, steal, steal. If you want to lead your church in dynamic spiritual and numerical growth you...

Two Tips to Improve Your Communication

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...