Don't Punch the Baby - Protecting Your Newborn Church

Don’t Punch the Baby: Protecting Your Newborn Church

This is a no-brainer, right? Everyone knows this. Hold gently. Swaddle securely. Protect from all manner of injury at all costs. New and expecting families pay billions of dollars for monitors, safety gates, cribs, carriers, high-chairs, ...
Why We Should Still Sing Hymns

Why We Should Still Sing Hymns

I grew up in a little church in Oklahoma. Every week I picked up our burgundy hymnal with gold embossing, looked in the weekly bulletin for hymn numbers, and sang along with the choir, all ornately ...
Holy Spirit Church Planting

Holy Spirit Church Planting

Church planting is Holy Spirit work. It is the Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission of Jesus. Our great temptation is to rely on our personality, gifting, and resources to plant our church. ...
How a Bad Pastor Joke Can Make Your Parenting Worse

How a Bad Pastor Joke Can Make Your Parenting Worse

Pastors have a series of weak jokes they tell about how their views on parenting have changed as they've matured. The idea is that young ministers preach with certainty about parenting, but the older, wiser pastors ...
Practical Tips for Church Plant Fundraising

Practical Tips for Church Plant Fundraising

While I am not a fundraising professional, I have learned a few things as a church planter. If you are going to plant a church as well and eventually purchase a building, you will most likely ...
Wisdom I Wish I Knew About Ministry at 20

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Ministry at Age 20

Do you ever wish that you could go back in time and tell your younger self what you wish you knew then? I recently had this opportunity as I spoke to a small crowd of young, ...
Church Planting Is Not Mystical

Church Planting Is Not Mystical

We’ve all heard the stories of overnight success. Church planters who launched their church with no advertising and hundreds of people showed up on day one. This can leave us feeling that church planting must be ...
Balancing the Roles of Parent and Spouse

Balancing the Roles of Parent and Spouse

If you really want to be the best parent you can be, make your marriage your priority. Soon, Brooke and I will be like those couples who've been together longer than they were apart. We were ...
Accomplishing the Task of Church Plant Fundraising

Accomplishing the Task of Fundraising

“It’s happening! It’s really happening! But…what in the world am I doing?” This is the feeling of starting a church plant, especially when it comes to fundraising. We were 15 days away from the grand opening ...

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