Marriage Dating Singleness

5 Ways to Prepare for Marriage as a Single Person

Dating: there's so much bad advice out there these days. So, when it comes to dating, how do we get it right? How do we prepare for our future marriage? First off, let me confess something: ...
Join Existing Church Plant

Joining an Existing Church Plant

My wife and I moved to Phoenix to join Valley Life | Tramonto in November 2016. In January 2017, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary. By the time I joined the staff, the team had five ...
Bad Words Church Planters

A List of Bad Words for Church Planters

Sometimes, aspiring or new church planters will ask me for advice or critique. Here are two points concerning their use of language, including a list of bad words for church planters: Be intentional about language you ...
Plant the Gospel

Don’t Just Plant a Church

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” — Charles Spurgeon Those are strong words from the Prince of Preachers. They are true for all of us who have been saved by Jesus, set apart as ...
Better Leader

One Way to Become a Better Leader

I've learned something about growing as a leader, and I always enjoy sharing things that I have learned. When you want to get better at something—anything—force yourself to be around people that already are better. Struggling ...
Serving Delight Duty

Serving from Delight Instead of Duty

I will never forget the first time I led worship in my youth group. The lyrics were displayed by a projector with transparent slides lighting the walls. I had a junky guitar my dad bought for me ...
biblical model multiplication

4 Biblical Models of Multiplication

Not long ago I wrote an article about the danger of the super-pastor, and how pastors often (subconsciously) perpetuate the problem. In the article I briefly touched on leadership and discipleship multiplication as a key to effectively eradicating ...
Creative Ministry Staff

Creative and Effective Ways to Build a Ministry Staff

Recently, in an elders meeting, it dawned on me that we have a church with nearly 1000 in weekly attendance, and no one who works on our staff has served in a full-time ministry position prior to ...
Party Planting Strategy

Should Part of Your Church Planting Strategy Be Going to Parties?

Jesus is our best model of life on mission. The way he interacted with people—both religious and not—helps us know how to interact with the people around us. We know from the Gospels that Jesus spent a ...

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