Outreach and Evangelism

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...

It’s a Thanksgiving Life

Build a Memory of Thanksgiving Kindness When you think of the words, “kindness” and “Thanksgiving” an image of food might come to mind. Maybe your...

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...

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),...

How About We Listen & Serve

Recently I have been helping a young church planter who is in the process of starting a Mandarin speaking congregation in Daly City, California,...

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...

Solutions To Outreach Excuses (Part1)

“We will start just as soon as we have the financing to do so.” It may seem reasonable to place this caveat on your...

Even a Few Can Touch Many

It doesn’t take a large crew to make leave a big footprint. Victory in God’s kingdom has always gone to the underdogs. God nearly...

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...

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...

Focus On What You Can Do

I just got news of a lady who had the heart to help women and children who are hurting and need encouragement. She knew...

Invest First, Withdraw As Interest Grows

This routine of “Deposit First - Withdraw Later” is violated continually, by regular church people - and without realizing what they are doing - church leaders-teachers-pastors are encouraging this pattern. How so?

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...

I Have Come To… Go Fish

Christmas, age 13. “Not again! All you want for Christmas is more fishing stuff… you already have lots of fishing stuff. Why...

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...

Practice What You Preach

Sunday services are filled with information that the pastor/preacher hopes will be life-transforming for the listeners. Sometimes, however, we find ourselves (Pastors) so busy in...