God’s Kinetic Presence

While shopping at Best Buy, I had a sense that if I were to offer to pray for a salesperson standing by me that...

The Church and “New Atheism”

I’ve been deeply challenged by the tireless efforts of the men and women that advance the cause of the "new atheism" into the empty hearts of...

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...

How To Plant Churches That Change Cities

In almost every city across the US huge efforts are being made to plant churches. In the Greater Tampa area, there were close to...

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...

Now Is The Time to Start Planning Your Fall Outreach!

I know its summer time, but you should take some time and start planning your Fall outreach. Time flies and Autumn will be here...

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...

Make Disciples, Let Jesus Build the Church

Christ comes first. He than commands us into His mission. The byproduct of our mission is His kingdom spread on earth via the building of His church. As much as I value church planting, I have come to realize that we should stop planting churches. We should plant Jesus, and let Jesus build His church.

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...

Connecting With Neighbors – Unusually!

I met an interesting congregation on one of my teaching trips. They call themselves “The Oregon Community.” They were a recent church plant with an...

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...

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...

I  Heart  My  City 

Did you know Jesus has a plan  for you in the city He has sent you to?    In  Luke 8:26-38,  a once demon-possessed man is  ready to  follow Jesus after a miraculous...

Our Call: Missionaries in a Secular Land

Missionary Identity THE REALITY IS, CHRISTIANS ARE INTERLOPERS.  WE ARE STRANGERS AND FOREIGNERS. As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary...

“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:...

The Death of a Church Plant – 7 Ways to...

It's not that difficult to kill your church plant with your two bare hands. I know what I'm talking about. I've almost done it...

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...

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...