3 Church Planting Missteps and How to Avoid Them

One of the biggest missteps in church planting—one I count as a sin—is to start a church that is aimed strictly at Believers. This is...

Come & See vs Go & Do Church

Every year I reread certain books. These books were light years ahead of anything out there at the time and are still relevant today....

8 Outreach Projects To Try Out This Fall

I'm often asked about the best projects for success. Whether it’s a warm and sunny area like Southern California or Seattle where it apparently...

Keep It Simple

Even though we could list a dozen points about starting vital outreaches the basic idea behind Kindness Outreach is quite simple. My tendency is to jump into...

How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start?

  Some have said that Paul only started 14 churches in his lifetime. If so that is a remarkable thing, but I tend to think...

An Enemy of God Who Had the Skill Set to Plant...

On the road to Damascus, Paul had an encounter with Jesus and experienced a radical transformation in his life (Acts 9: 1-28). His view...

“Adding Value” Brings the Kingdom

Did you ever think about church planting as a result of simply giving people the dignity and value God has given them by sending...

How Large Shall We Plant?

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...

What Does the Great Commission Have To Do With Our Budget?

There is a lot of talk today about making disciples.  And rightfully so.  Jesus never commissioned us to go to the ends of the...

Five Reasons Churches Don’t Get Involved In Church Planting

Many tend to think that planting a church is something that only a select few congregations can do. The rational for avoiding the conversation...

How About We Listen & Serve

Recently I have been helping a young church planter who is in the process of starting a Mandarin speaking congregation in Daly City, California,...

Hard to See Something You’re Not Looking For

Life in the Kingdom is really about learning to live life continually aware of God’s presence. Every believer should practice awareness and practice noticing...

Valentine’s Day – the most Christian of all holidays

  Valentine's Day, that stands for a celebration of love, is arguably the most “Christian” of all holidays each year. With Valentine's, there is no misunderstanding...

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...

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...

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?

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...

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...

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.

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...