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...

The HOW vs. the WHAT of Church Planting

Most church planters do well when it comes to the “what” questions of reaching people for Jesus. The tune usually goes like this, “We...

God First

In observing the Christian landscape of popular blogs and books, I am convinced we have lost sight of God’s mission. I watch with concern...

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...

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...

The Cart Before the Horse…

Mark Wilson has written a compelling book entitled, “Filled Up, Poured Out: How God's Spirit Can Revive Your Passion and Purpose.”  In it he...

The Jesus Mission

Over the last 18 months at COMMUNITY we have made strategic moves in order to mobilize all (yes, we mean ALL) our people for...

12 Things Your Church Needs to Know…

...by the time it’s 12 months old Don’t take yourselves too seriously You are important to God. Isn’t it enough to know that without the need...

How Did We Get Here?

After seven cancer surgeries and two heart attacks - I’m an old man who has nothing to lose by speaking his mind.  It would...

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...

What Stats Should Matter To Churches?

In the movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt plays the part of the Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane.  While most of the baseball old timers...

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...

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...