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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Using Words

Using Good Words and Bad Words

I recently lead worship for an event at a different church. I gave them the set I planned to sing ahead of time to prepare their tech team and band. Everything looked good until about a week before the event was scheduled. At that point, I got a call from the young lady organizing everything. … 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 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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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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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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Dealing with Discouragement

Dealing with Discouragement

The sun doesn’t shine much in Portland, but on this day the clouds surrendered and the boggy playground near our Portland suburb exploded with color, warmth, and my daughter’s excitement. Bailey was 10 years old, and a 10-year-old girl has the ability to ride a small bicycle faster and with more daring than any grown … Continued

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Simple Truth: Why We're Okay with Repetition in Worship

Simple Truth: Why We’re Okay with Repetition in Worship

Last week, my four-year-old walked around the house for at least twenty minutes singing, “You are good, good, oh!” We sang “King of My Heart” that morning at church, and I think he could hear the church singing from his classroom. Our church already sings quite loudly, but that refrain always brings out the loudest … 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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