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...

3 Gut Checks to Stop Planting Worship Services and Begin to...

A Bob Roberts quote really caught my attention lately. He said, "We don’t plant churches in America. We plant worship services.”  Ouch. 1. If your Super...

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...

Escorting Berliners To Jesus

About three years ago I met a middle-aged man who had been working as an art conservator during the former GDR (German Democratic Republic),...

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,...

The “Hitch” in Evangelism

The death of outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens last week was mourned by both believer and non-believer alike. There was something about this man that people...

The Vision Thing

The most important question any church planter can ask is “ Why am I planting a church?” I have had some conversations with some...

Are We Just Consuming “Missional”?

If a rediscovery of mission will bring new life to the church in the west; then consumerism may be it's death. The church, if...