The Tale of the Walnut Farmer

A church planter may be likened to a walnut farmer.  At harvest time, he backs a tractor up to the tree, and with an...

Evangelism Key: Start the Conversation!

In a previous entry – "Evangelism is not just relationship" I submitted that we must not hesitate to share the Gospel even if we don't...

10.5 Ways To Overcome Fear of the “E Word”

We’ve all heard the church planting leads to evangelism but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. It’s evangelism that leads to people coming to...

Planting Churches That Target Men

A Study in 2000 from Switzerland provides insight on the importance on male attendance on the religious development of children in the country. 'In...

The Least Of These

When we began planting our church a few years ago, we were listening in prayer for what God wants us to do. What we...

Revival

I have found an old word creeping into my prayers and vocabulary lately. The word is revival. Revival is when whole cities, churches or societies...

The End Of The Great Commission

Last week I was hanging out with some of the smartest people on the planet kicking around how we can help fulfill the great...

Whimsical Holiness: The Key of Incarnational Life

A few years ago, I wrote about a concept in my book The Tangible Kingdom, which I believe is the key to Christian engagement...

Church Planting and the Urbanization of the Rich

For many years I have prayed for new churches to be started in the city of San Francisco where I live. Recently God has...

Repentance – The “Other Side” of Faith

In the time before MP3's (long, long ago) music was played on a device called a “Record player.” When your favorite hit song came out...

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...

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...

Incarnational Living – What Does That Actually Mean?

Much has been made lately of the phrase “living incarnationally.” The basic idea is to live as Jesus lived while he was on earth....

Are You Helping Or Hurting Your Community?

I heard an amazing talk recently by Dr. Brian Fikkert, author of When Helping Hurts and Community Development Director of the Chalmers Center. His basic premise...

Finding The Balance Between Gathering And Scattering

Hi friends, this email just came to me from a pastor who has taken the missional community bug pretty seriously over the last five...

Focus On The Main Thing

When Toni and I were newly married (1965) we bought our first car for $115. It was a 1959 Ford with about 70,000 miles on...

The Greatest Form of Evangelism?

Years ago, studies circulated that showed that new churches tended to be more evangelistic than older, more established ones. The axiom followed, "The greatest...

Persevere – Don’t Quit

It’s difficult to determine the viability of a church plant from early on. In fact, sometimes it takes several years to get a clear...

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...

Bivocational Ministry: Option or Necessity?

The following post was originally written in 2011 but still remains relevant for church planters and pastors in 2018. Most of the time we who...