I Have Come To… Go Fish

Christmas, age 13. “Not again! All you want for Christmas is more fishing stuff… you already have lots of fishing stuff. Why...

Invest First, Withdraw As Interest Grows

This routine of “Deposit First - Withdraw Later” is violated continually, by regular church people - and without realizing what they are doing - church leaders-teachers-pastors are encouraging this pattern. How so?

Pastor – Raise Your EQ This Week!

Question: Why did Paul tell Timothy “Do the work of an evangelist?” Keep in mind the Timothy letters are directed at leaders – specifically to...

Return of the Evangelist

It is estimated that only 3% of US churches are growing through evangelism. The majority of churches that are growing are doing so through the migration...

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...

Witness Or Witless?

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Evangelism Is Not Just Relationship

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

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Planting: Evangelists bring...

I’m glad I was influenced by several evangelists early on in my Christian life. These people did something profound – they modeled the normal...

Weddings And Funerals In Berlin

John and Jane wanted to get married in Berlin, where I am planting numbers of churches. Georgia, my wife, had told them at 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.

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...

Good News, Bad News

We’ve all heard those familiar words, “I’ve got some good news, I’ve got some bad news, which do you want to hear first?”  My...

The ONE Thing That Church Planting is All About

As a planter, I used to stand up in front of people all the time and say: "If ONE person comes to know Christ as...

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...

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...

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

When I moved to San Francisco, I brought with me 15 years of experience, a lot of enthusiasm, and all of my Southern California...