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...

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...

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 &^%*&^%&^$* 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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 Gifted Teacher

Getting the message right is only a quarter of the task for the teacher. Communicating the message so that others understand the content only...

Don’t Pull Up The Carrots

One of the traits I have noted in great leaders is they know how to let things lie. They patiently remain inactive. Even when...

What Families Need Most From Church

When our church was in the “church plant” stage, we had a total of five children in our midst (three infants, one toddler, and...