Relationship-Based Discipleship

Relationship-Based Discipleship

There wasn’t a Bible study, or Scripture memory, or even prayer. There were barbells on the floor, reps to be done, and a lot of sweat. Some would say it wasn’t discipleship. I would disagree. I believe discipleship is simple: do what you do and do it with others. Or, do what they do and … Continued

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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 you may find helpful. Why People Come to Your Group What you do outside of your group is what … Continued

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A Simple Strategy for Evangelism

A Simple Strategy for Evangelism

His name is James. He wasn’t just uninterested in church, he was scared. We prayed for months and months, and God heard our prayers and saved him. Be a Friend Oh, I wish you could have been there to see his baptism and hear his story. It began with a roommate named Alex. Alex invited … Continued

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4 Leadership Truths That Generate Progress

4 Leadership Truths That Generate Progress

I know many leaders with “bright ideas.” I used to be one, and in some ways I still am. But over time, I’ve learned in the hardest of ways that real leadership is not theoretical. It is a series of painful correlations. Leadership consists of failure and learning on repeat. We’ve all had our share … Continued

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Exercising Your Faith as a College Student

Exercising Your Faith as a College Student

It’s been said that one out of every 5 Americans is a none. Not a “nun,” but a “none.” The nones are a group of atheologists. A none is someone that has zero religious affiliation. Now, this isn’t anarchy. They are not hostile to religion—they are indifferent. In other words, religion of any kind bears … Continued

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10 Reasons You Can’t Plant a Church

Should I plant a church? I still remember asking myself that very question years ago. Being a part of five church plants over the years, ten characteristics constantly rose to the top that indicated whether or not it was for me. I have been weak in many and over time have strengthened in some. These … Continued

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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, 20-something leaders at a camp in Texas. Here is what I told them: five things I wish I would … Continued

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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 of our church, and we had not yet reached our full budget to sustain the church for its first … Continued

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Creating a Culture of Accountability

Creating a Culture of Accountability

You’ve built your church planting team, gotten them all on the same page, and trained them for their new positions by working alongside them. Now what? In our last post of a three-part series on developing your team from the bottom up, we will discuss how you must create a culture of accountability. What comes to mind … Continued

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Going to the Bottom

Developing Your Team by Going to the Bottom

Recently, in part one of a series on developing your church planting team, I wrote about the importance of getting on the same page by having a literal page. Today, in part two, we’ll focus on the second thing you must do when building your team: going to the bottom. In another life, I worked for … Continued

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