4 Things I Learned About Shepherding Core Team Members

It snowed in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 1, 2011. It was the only snow we have seen since we moved here from Oklahoma that same day seven years ago. That first year in Phoenix was completely ...

Developing A Church Planting Timeline

I was terrified to plant a church. Part of that fear was not knowing how to do it. I had a myriad of unanswered questions. One of those questions was two-fold: “When to launch?” and “What ...

When Your Husband Does Not Believe

I’ve found myself there, married with a newborn baby and saved by the grace of God. I would ask my husband to attend church with me, and he would reluctantly come, sometimes. We would fight about ...
Trust Leadership

3 Men You Need on Your Team

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” — John Maxwell Everything. Especially church planting. Leadership is knowing the difference between a good idea and a great idea and the difference between staying busy and being productive. As ...
Is Your Leadership Dragging Your Church Down?

Is Your Leadership Dragging Your Church Down?

My first article here was about leadership styles described as "gas" and "brakes," in which I identified myself as brakes. Then I wrote two articles about how the gas leaders can screw up their church. So ...
An Exercise to Grow Your Wife's Trust

Believe Your Wife: An Exercise to Better Your Marriage

Most married men just do what comes easy, natural, and whatever others are doing. However, I’m going to ask you to deny yourself, prize your spouse, and enjoy the fruit that grows as a result. Receive and ...
Why Cross-Generational Community Groups Are So Important

Why Cross-Generational Community Groups Are So Important

Six years ago my wife Reagan and I were living in North Carolina while I attended seminary. We were in a great church. We had good jobs (for struggling newly-weds) and loved living out on our ...
Pursue Your Friends Intentionally

Pursue Your Friends Intentionally

Sometimes Jesus has you in the right place at the right time. Sometimes he lets you be in the delivery room, like recently at one of our Newcomers Dessert nights. A lady had expressed on her ...
What Kind of Disciples Are You Making?

What Kind of Disciples Are You Making?

I’ve been a part of the Church for as long as I have memories. I’ve been a Christian for nearly 30 years. And I’ve been a pastor for 14 years. A common thread through all of ...

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