How To Not Lose Your Core People

One of the problems that I commonly hear from church planters is that the core of people with whom they launch the church don’t...
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...

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...

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...

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?

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.

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...

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...

We Offer No Ministries At Our Church

When people ask about church, one of the first questions is, “What kind of ministries do you offer?” For better or for worse, the term...

Preparing For Guests

I have a very foundational belief that no guest enters into the midst of a church, whether a conventional church structure or an unconventional...

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...

3 Things I Wish I Knew About Vision 3 Years Ago

Vision. We all talk about it. Its importance, it’s power, it’s ability to draw people and resources. But some lessons associated with vision will...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 Centrality of Vision

Most of us, when we go on a trip, do a bit of thinking beforehand about what it will be like when we get...

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...

Out of the Algorithm, Into the Mystery!

There are two great tasks for the Church in North America today. First, we must do everything we already know how to do to...