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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Plod Forward

I’ve gone to a number of church planting conferences that feature plenary speakers who lead large churches who “planted” and “succeeded” in a big...

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...

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...

Evangelism Is Not Just Relationship

You don’t have to know a drowning person to save their life.

Incarnational Living – What Does That Actually Mean?

Much has been made lately of the phrase “living incarnationally.” The basic idea is to live as Jesus lived while he was on earth....

Generosity Is The New Evangelism

The truth is that God doesn’t need our money, but He knows that our orientation toward money reflects our obedience to the Lordship of...

Sacrilege

Recently, I’ve seen articles about the death of the traditional contemporary church, I’ve heard messages on how the “missional movement” will also fail, and...

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...

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...

Incarnational vs. Missional Church Planting

The missional emphasis in church planting moves Christ’s church in a good direction. The reason is that it’s most biblical, and that should be the...

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...

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...

Evangelists of Unbelief

I’ve been deeply challenged by the tireless efforts of the men and women that advance the cause of the "new atheism" into the empty hearts of...

Finding The Balance Between Gathering And Scattering

Hi friends, this email just came to me from a pastor who has taken the missional community bug pretty seriously over the last five...

Persevere – Don’t Quit

It’s difficult to determine the viability of a church plant from early on. In fact, sometimes it takes several years to get a clear...