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...

For the Least (Reached) of These

The church world “is often motivated by a culture of success. We recruit, fund, celebrate, propagate and evaluate based on predictable, measureable success rates.”...

Harvesting Without Planting

Talking with a potential church planter recently I got a picture that is either from God or the 64 ounces of Diet Coke I...

What Me, An Evangelist?

I recently took the online inventory commonly referred to as the APEST put together by Alan Hirsch and company. The notion behind this quiz...

Friends of Sinners

I read a statement a while back in Dan Kimball’s book They Like Jesus but Not the Church that burned me with conviction. He...

Evangelists of Unbelief

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...

Out of the Algorithm, Into the Mystery!

There are two great tasks for the Church in North America today. First, we must do everything we already know how to do to...

Sacrilege

Recently, I’ve seen articles about the death of the traditional contemporary church, I’ve heard messages on how the “missional movement” will also fail, and...

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...