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 a church planter, you should have a supervisor, a coach, and a band of brothers to help you think … Continued

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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 that doesn’t seem fair. Brakes need self-awareness every bit as much as gas, and they will also drag their … Continued

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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 own for the first time in our lives. But, in a matter of twenty-four hours, our joy became sorrow. … Continued

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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 of answers? If there was, then that would mean misalignment. Would there be blank stares? If so, that would … Continued

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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 connect card that she wanted to be baptized. She inquired that night as well, and I asked if we … Continued

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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 my experiences with churches is the importance of emphasis. When it comes to discipleship, I’ve noticed three types of … Continued

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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 to be essential in potential elders: character, compatibility, and competency. In our first informational meeting, they covered these qualifications … Continued

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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 for them. We have good reasons to believe. But, often we don’t. Why? Why does a seasoned pastor fear … Continued

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Two Common Views on Church That Don't Make Sense

Two Common Views on Church That Don’t Make Sense

When I was in college, an older man told me the greatest decision I had to make after becoming a Christian was deciding to which church I would give my life and call home. Here’s why. Follow the logic with me: Why did God make the world? Glory. Habakkuk 2:14 How does God get glory? His … Continued

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