Stop Saying “Unchurched”?

I had a very interesting conversation with a colleague recently (Darrell MacLearn) about using the term “unchurched” to describe a person. It is a...

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...

Communication: Indispensable for Effective Leadership

The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately is one of the most essential components of quality new church leadership. In order to be an optimal leader of your church planting team, you would be well served to develop your skills in three key areas.

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?

Seven Principles of Communication

Communication is one of the most important keys of starting and leading a church. I have learned these communication principles the hard way. My...
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3 Things Barn Raising Teaches Us About Doing Ministry

Barn raising commonly took place in early rural America, when neighbors, families, and friends joined together to build a barn in one day. This...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Unmet Expectations…

Unmet 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...