5 Obstacles to Evangelism

Everything that has to do with communication runs into some hurdles.  Bringing a message of hope can even have hurdles it must face.  When...

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...

Make Disciples, Let Jesus Build the Church

Christ comes first. He than commands us into His mission. The byproduct of our mission is His kingdom spread on earth via the building of His church. As much as I value church planting, I have come to realize that we should stop planting churches. We should plant Jesus, and let Jesus build His church.

3 Yards And A Cloud Of Dust

Woody Hayes is credited with this description of Ohio State football.  It really came from a sportwriter and was originally “Five yards and a...

Are We Reaching Out or Rearranging the Body of Christ?

Someone sent me a tweet recently that I’ve been thinking about. He asked about mega-churches and if many of the people they attract simply...

Understanding Your Context: The Truth About The Urban, Suburban, & Rural...

I'm a part of a church who has a heart for the poor. We also have a heart for our city. From the beginning,...

Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch

The marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who was sent from the Battle of Marathon to Athens—26 miles away—to inform the Greeks...

Nobody Is Beyond Redemption

"So who on Planet Earth is the most unlikely person to ever come into a living relationship with Jesus?" This is the question I posed...

Church Planting In Secular France

I recently spent a week training church planters in France. What I saw was extremely encouraging. According to a Christianity Today article written several years...

5 Church Planting Lessons From Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman, aka the legendary “Johnny Appleseed” was a missionary who reached out to native Americans in the Ohio Valley in the early 1800s. He...

Whimsical Holiness: The Key of Incarnational Life

In the last few weeks, I’ve dug up a concept I wrote about in The Tangible Kingdom, that I believe is the key to...

6 Steps To Simple Church Planting

There are a lot of new buzz words and strategies these days for planting churches. I must admit, I am from a small town...

The Death of a Church Plant – 7 Ways to...

It's not that difficult to kill your church plant with your two bare hands. I know what I'm talking about. I've almost done it...

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...

2 Winter Kindness Outreach Ideas

COFFEE/HOT CHOCOLATE/CAPPUCCINO GIVEAWAY COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO, AND GOOD HOT CHOCOLATE are all the rage these days; so wherever the chance presents itself, bring it to...

The Ideal-Sized Congregation? Try 500!

Great churches come in a variety of sizes, very large ones, medium-sized ones and smaller ones. Some are frustrated with the mega church scene in...

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...

In Light of the New Catholic Pope

I belong to the third largest denomination in America – former Roman Catholics.  We RCs are hard nuts to crack.  Ask anyone planting in...

12 Steps That Will Guaranteed Outreach Success

Success in outreach isn't as difficult as you might imagine. After coaching lots of leaders over many leaders - many of them who were previously convinced they couldn't possibly do it - here's a summary of some of what I've learned.

Rethinking Evangelism

First, as church planters evangelism must be in our DNA and in the DNA of the churches we plant! The coffee house near my home...