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...

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...

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...

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...

5 Indispensable Questions For Speakers

This past week as I was wrestling with a message for the weekend I had to go back to five basic questions I try...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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,...