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...

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...
barn raising

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...

A Prophetic Word That Did Come to Pass

“In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity...

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...

5 Steps To Writing Excellent Sermons In 8 Hours Or Less

If you’re going to lead your church through the next growth barrier, you can’t squander the most precious personal resource you have: time. This includes wasting time on unfocused...

Evangelism Key: Start the Conversation!

In a previous entry – "Evangelism is not just relationship" I submitted that we must not hesitate to share the Gospel even if we 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...

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...

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.

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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...