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 ...
High Fives and Celebrate

Don’t Waste Your High Fives

There is one question I feared asking because I knew the answer would reveal what we really cared about as a church. My mind ran down all of the possible outcomes. Would there be a buffet ...
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 ...
3 Ways to Grow in Your Biblical Competency

3 Ways to Grow in Your Biblical Competency

One of the exciting developments at Valley Life | Tramonto is that we have leaders who aspire to be elders. Before sitting down with them, our current elders outlined three aspects of qualification that we hold ...
Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

At one time or another, God has said to most of his leaders, “Fear not.” God called them, inspired them, gave them a vision, filled them with his Spirit, performed untold miracles, and fought untold battles ...

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