As you coach and develop more leaders, your ministry organization grows. This reality often creates... Read more
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we approach discipleship in the church. What discipleship... Read more
Discipling People In Recovery
For over a year, I volunteered every Tuesday night in a local transition home for people in... Read more
Developing Leadership In Your Church Plant
If you expect your church plant to grow beyond your own personal capacity to lead others, you... Read more
Bivocational Ministry: Option or Necessity?
The following post was originally written in 2011 but still remains relevant for church planters... Read more
Five Questions Every Church Planter Should Be Asked
When I was in the early stages of pondering the church plant I’m currently working in, my coach... Read more
How Can You Help Your People Form Missional Communities?
As people come to know Jesus we form them into communities of Jesus-followers—called churches in... Read more
How Can You Help Your People Engage Culture?
One of the major challenges of leading a church is kicking your people out of it. If they are... Read more
New Online Coaching Log For Church Planters
Do you want to double or even triple your coaching effectiveness? Here’s an important concept... Read more
The Missional Journey
There are plenty of books about discipleship or about Christian living. There are plenty of books... Read more
Prepare, Engage, Act
I’ve coached people—including church planters—for pretty much forever now. When all is said... Read more
The Two Essential Ingredients Of A Children’s Ministry
An effective children’s ministry– whatever form that may take– is really important for most... Read more
3 Things Barn Raising Teaches Us About Doing Ministry
Barn raising commonly took place in early rural America, when neighbors, families, and friends... Read more
Giving Birth And Giving Away The Bride
Many years ago I was asked to lead a retreat with leaders of a parent church and leaders of a... Read more
How do people change? That’s a question people have been wrestling with for ages. What... Read more
Engaging in authentic relationships means being genuine. It means accurately representing who we... Read more
One of the essential elements of a disciple– and therefore of the church as a whole– is... Read more
How To Focus Your Leadership Development
The key to leadership development is knowing what you’re trying to accomplish. If you want to... Read more
The Most Common Leadership Problem
A colleague of mine who works as a consultant with church groups often asks people to make a list... Read more
Lessons Learned: 5 Principles For Church Planting
I know there are any number of principles for church planting—I’ve made up or stumbled across... Read more
What Kind Of Benefits Package?
I’ve noticed an interesting trend in church planting recently. An increasing number of sending... Read more
Don’t Look At The Cactus!
I love mountain biking. It’s probably my favorite pastime. Early in my mountain biking... Read more
Who’s Your Barnabas?
When I was in Mexico City recently, I attended the staff meeting at Comunidad Mosaico, a ministry... Read more
The Centrality of Vision
Most of us, when we go on a trip, do a bit of thinking beforehand about what it will be like when... Read more
Incarnational Living – What Does That Actually Mean?
Much has been made lately of the phrase “living incarnationally.” The basic idea is to live as... Read more
The Least Of These
When we began planting our church a few years ago, we were listening in prayer for what God wants... Read more
Getting A Coach Who Gets It: What Makes Coaching Missional?
To coach people effectively toward missional ministry, it’s not enough to be a good coach. The... Read more