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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What Families Need Most From Church

When our church was in the “church plant” stage, we had a total of five children in our midst (three infants, one toddler, and...