3 Ways to Help Your Community Group Thrive

3 Ways to Help Your Community Group Thrive

Twice a month I meet with a group of guys. These young men are leading community groups, some for the very first time. We recently covered some nuts and bolts of leading a group I think ...

Who Should You Allow to Join Your Worship Team?

I love investing in leaders. It’s one reason I was drawn to the Valley Life Network and what God is doing through Valley Life churches. One of our churches, Valley Life Camelback, is on campus at ...
Say Thanks

3 Ways to Build Intentional Gratitude in Your Church

Church plants live and die on volunteer leaders. I am constantly amazed at the faithfulness and effectiveness of our volunteers. Unfortunately, our people don’t always realize how thankful I am because I only think it instead ...
Using Words

Using Good Words and Bad Words

I recently lead worship for an event at a different church. I gave them the set I planned to sing ahead of time to prepare their tech team and band. Everything looked good until about a ...
Learning Your Limits

Learning Your Limits

I quickly poured my cup of coffee as soon as the percolating was finished. However, I may have been a little too “industriously eager” because, before I realized it, the cup was suddenly filled to the ...
3 Truths to Remember in Fear and Frustration

3 Truths to Remember in Fear and Frustration

I’ll just say it: when a volunteer quits, it’s frustrating. Sometimes they move away. Sometimes they have babies and take off for months trying to adjust. And sometimes they just underestimate their capacity for serving and ...
Community

What’s Missing from Your Sermon Podcast or Bible Study

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement ...
A Necessary Change in My Preaching, Insider Language

A Necessary Change in My Preaching

Preaching for sixteen years in established churches afforded me priceless experience. Years of grinding out three sermons per week taught me how to prepare efficiently and communicate comfortably. In preaching, like most other disciplines, there really ...
How to Understand the Difference Between Husbands and Wives

Hard to Understand: Recognizing Your Wife’s Differences

We have very few important items in our home. We try to be pretty low maintenance people, especially when it comes to things. We're church planters, missionaries who have invested everything we have in people, relationships, ...

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