Three Roadblocks to Following Jesus

Three Roadblocks to Following Jesus

Most people that I encounter really like Jesus, or at least their concept of him. They see Jesus as loving, gracious, forgiving, and anti-establishment. That concept is not entirely wrong. It is difficult for them to imagine Jesus promoting any type of exclusivity. But, he is the one who erected certain discipleship roadblocks. In Luke … Continued

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Good Leaders Can’t Be Bottlenecks

Good Leaders Can’t Be Bottlenecks

In Exodus 18, right before God summons Moses and gives him the 10 Commandments, Moses gets a visit from his father-in-law, Jethro. Jethro observes Moses dealing with everyone’s problems “from morning until evening” (v.13). Being a good father-in-law, he peppers Moses with questions and cuts to the heart of the issue when he asks, “Why … Continued

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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 of saying it. While gratitude itself is a matter of attitude and heart, communication of gratitude is a matter … Continued

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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 how much time it would take. Maybe they finally understand your vision and can’t get on board. There is … Continued

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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 is no substitute for experience. For that, I am and always will be thankful. However, I also developed a … Continued

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A Building Won't Save Your Church Plant

A Building Won’t Save Your Church Plant

I have fears about our church. I’m scared of my leadership incapabilities, but I suppose that is part of the plan on this crazy, church planting journey. I am scared of not being able to lead our team through another Phoenix summer of setting up and tearing down every Sunday morning, and I fear I … Continued

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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, strollers, and car seats for the sole purpose of protecting the baby. No one thinks of punching a baby. … Continued

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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 need to raise money. Here are some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way. Know Who to Ask … Continued

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Making Friends About Jesus

Making Friends About Jesus

Like most churches, our church does groups. We call them community groups. We believe the most beautiful place to be broken and to mend, tell and be told the truth, and show and be shown compassion is in a community group. Our vision for community groups is “making friends about Jesus.” Making Friends The basis … Continued

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3 Considerations for Mission Teams

3 Considerations for Mission Teams

When your church is just being started, the temptation is to take all the help you can get. While this is mostly, if not completely, true when it comes to finances, it is not always the case with mission teams filled with volunteers. Without proper planning and leadership, a large group of helpers can actually … Continued

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