Are We Reaching Out or Rearranging the Body of Christ?

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...

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...

2 Winter Kindness Outreach Ideas

COFFEE/HOT CHOCOLATE/CAPPUCCINO GIVEAWAY COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO, AND GOOD HOT CHOCOLATE are all the rage these days; so wherever the chance presents itself, bring it to...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Nobody Is Beyond Redemption

"So who on Planet Earth is the most unlikely person to ever come into a living relationship with Jesus?" This is the question I posed...

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...

Carp Fishing (is) For Dummies

…all you’ll ever need to know to hook the world’s most boring fish A friend of mine has written several books in the so-called “Dummies”...

Serving Projects That Reflect The Personality Of Your Group

“We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” Eph. 2:10, NKJV. We all have distinct personalities. If you are the parent of...

Do Something Good

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“Houston, We Have A Problem…”

If the church was a mission to the moon, and I was the commander of the mission, my call to Mission Central would be:...

Frightened… Just Enough!

My wife and I were frightened by the site of the young man who entered our small church building, asking for money and a...