Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Eugene Peterson wrote the book and coined the phrase, “Long Obedience in the Same Direction,”... Read more
When my wife and I planted our first church, we went alone. We didn’t know any better. We thought... Read more
Church Planting Numbers That Matter
In recent years, many church planters have been inspired by the stories of new church plants... Read more
Growth that Hijacks God’s Unique Purpose for Your Church is not Good Growth.
At the beginning of our church planting journey, I wish I knew that all growth is not good growth.... Read more
Top Six Things Every Church Planter Must Know
1. How to pray. Starting a new church is a miracle, and only God can work miracles. If you start... Read more
Of Spiders and Starfish
The book, Spider and the Starfish, begins with the story of Cortez and his conquest of the Aztecs.... Read more
How Do You Define Discipleship?
One day when I was helping my wife in the nursery at church, I observed a fascinating interaction... Read more
The Why Question
Why? The most important question for a church planter to answer is “Why?” Too often, planters... Read more
The Rest of the Story
In 1990, our family started the process of planting a church in Utah. Over the next 10 years, we... Read more
It’s The Mission, Stupid
When Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992, James Carville gave him a catch phrase to keep him on... Read more
When Should I Launch?
Church planting is a spiritual endeavor from first to last. Systems and methodologies are helpful,... Read more
What Did You Expect?
My taste buds expected to feel the cold, tasty coco rush of rich chocolate ice cream. Instead, they... Read more
The Danger of False Negatives
When groups of churches (i.e. denominations, networks, etc.) attempt to understand their collective... Read more
Church Planting Make Believe
At the risk of sounding like an old geezer who is ticked off about modern life, I have a thought... Read more
Calculating Missional Impact
A friend of mine who pastors a church of 120 in a town of 1,000 told me about a strange encounter... Read more
Preparing For A Daughter Church
Top ten things your church can do to prepare to parent or partner to plant a... Read more
Obstacles That Lead To Success
No matter where or how a church is being planted, obstacles are part of the story. Obstacles come... Read more
Don’t Launch On Easter!
Christmas is only a day away, but for aspiring church planters preparing to launch, it’s time to... Read more
Stop Building the Church
These days it seems every network or denomination is either starting a new church or telling us how... Read more
Sinning and Church Planting
In recent months I’ve received way too many phone calls that go something like this: “I’m... Read more
Essential Tools For Church Planting
I planted a church back in the relative dark ages of church planting when very few formal resources... Read more
Church Planting in the American Stew
A recent article in the Washington Post indicated that, based on the results of the 2010 census,... Read more
Will Every Church Eventually Die?
Must every church eventually die? It’s a mostly unspoken reality we all live with. Every person... Read more