Pushing Back Darkness Through Confession

Pushing Back Darkness Through Confession

Between planting a church and my family, I tend to stay pretty busy. We have 5 children. My kids play sports, and my friends throw parties. My Saturdays are often filled with basketball games and work days at our new church building. All of this makes it easy for my yard work to get away … Continued

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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 and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. — Philippians 4:2-3 We … Continued

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Two Myths That Keep Us off Mission

Two Myths That Keep Us off Mission

One of the greatest hurdles to productivity is busyness. This is true for tasks and checklists, and it’s also true for discipleship and living on mission. I have seen two main myths keep me and others from bearing fruit for Jesus. Both the mentor myth and the Bible study myth fool us by keeping us … Continued

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Holy Spirit Church Planting

Holy Spirit Church Planting

Church planting is Holy Spirit work. It is the Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission of Jesus. Our great temptation is to rely on our personality, gifting, and resources to plant our church. While all of these are used by the Lord, there is a “coming to the end of self” that … Continued

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Church Planting Is Not Mystical

Church Planting Is Not Mystical

We’ve all heard the stories of overnight success. Church planters who launched their church with no advertising and hundreds of people showed up on day one. This can leave us feeling that church planting must be a mystical work. Who can know if the church will grow and thrive into a self-governing, self-supporting, and reproducing … Continued

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Church Planting by Design

Church Planting by Design

We live in a healthy tension of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. It doesn’t matter if you’re planting a church or a garden, sowing seeds of the gospel or sowing wheat into the ground. The Lord has created the world to work a certain way. We work hard, as we were designed by God to do … Continued

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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 his people, and sent out on his mission. But these words are particularly true for church planters. Plant the Gospel … Continued

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supposed-to-plant

Should You Plant a Church?

“How will I know if I’m supposed to plant a church?” That’s the question that kept me pinned down when my church was just a dream growing in my head. It’s also the question that most aspiring church planters ask me. Is church planting mystical? Is it spiritual? Or is it practical? One of the most important … Continued

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leading culture

Leading Culture: Building a Foundation

“What are the things that only you can do? Train other people to do everything else. You do what only you can do.” If you’re like me, you’ve heard that over and over again. All the leadership blogs and books say it. But what in the world does it really mean? Run meetings? Preach sermons? … Continued

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Church Planting Roller Coaster

The Church Planting Roller Coaster

I knew the Lord was calling me to plant a church. I had a relentless desire to do so. In 2013, my desire and gifts were affirmed, and I was given the opportunity to plant a new church in Phoenix. When we told our family we were leaving Oklahoma for Arizona to make a new church, … Continued

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