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...

QR Codes and Some Ways to Use Them in Church Planting

A QR code (which stands for quick response) is a two dimensional bar code that looks like a black and white patterned square. It...

We All Get To Play

This week, I had the opportunity and privilege to attend a training session hosted by Forge Chicago and led by Alan Hirsch on “Unleashing...

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...

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...

Planting Churches That Target Men

A Study in 2000 from Switzerland provides insight on the importance on male attendance on the religious development of children in the country. 'In...

Should Christians Be Liked By The Culture?

A consistent question I often get is related to whether or not Christians should be liked by the culture.  My simple answer has been...

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...

Getting A Coach Who Gets It: What Makes Coaching Missional?

To coach people effectively toward missional ministry, it’s not enough to be a good coach.  The coach also has to be a good missionary—to...

Leadership Traits

Everything rises or falls on leadership. That statement captures an important truth about church planting. Good leadership can’t guarantee a church’s success, but it’s...

A Healthy Distrust of One’s Own Ideas

If you're like me, the minute you have an idea, you want to go to press with it. To hit send. To launch it publically. By the...

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...

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...

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...

Top Ten Mistakes In Church Planting: Catering Strictly to Believers (#1-3)

There are opposite foci that tend to not work in launching a new church. One is to aim strictly at not-yet Believers. I will...

Witness Or Witless?

Acts 1:6-8 2000 years ago the preoccupation of the disciples seemed to be the establishment...

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...