Motivation and Acknowledgment

The Link Between Motivation and Acknowledgment

In his book Payoff, behavioral economist Dan Ariely recounts an experiment involving motivation. In short, participants were asked to perform a meaningless task, circling pairs of matched letters on randomly generated sheets of paper. When they were finished, they returned their paper and were given 55 cents. Each time, they were offered a smaller amount … Continued

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Why We Write Our Own Children's Curriculum

Why We Write Our Own Children’s Curriculum

Our family started attending Valley Life almost a year and a half ago. On our first Sunday, we were greeted with a warm hello as we dropped off our daughter Kate in the nursery. We knew she was safe and taken care of. For the first time in 11 months, we heard a sermon—like the … Continued

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Who Should You Allow to Join Your Worship Team?

I love investing in leaders. It’s one reason I was drawn to the Valley Life Network and what God is doing through Valley Life churches. One of our churches, Valley Life Camelback, is on campus at Grand Canyon University. That school has a fantastic Worship Arts program, and several of the leaders at Camelback are … 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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Our Top 5 Posts So Far

Our Top 5 Posts So Far

As we close out our first five months of writing about making disciples and planting churches, I thought it would be only fitting to revisit the top five posts we have had so far. If you haven’t read them yet, by all means, take the opportunity to do so now. If you’ve already read them once … Continued

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3 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Leaders

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Leading Your Church Planting Team

Recently, I wrote about how leaders can be categorized as either gas or brakes, and how gas leaders might be damaging their credibility with their congregation. Today, as I wrap up this series on credibility, I want to talk about another group of people about which a “gas” church planter needs to think deeply: their … Continued

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Serving God in Your Weakness

Serving God in Your Inadequacy

As editor of this blog, I’ve talked to a large number of people about the possibility of writing for us. Because Valley Life is made up of church plants that are largely volunteer-driven, many of those people have been our very own volunteer leaders. Some of them have been here for a long time, and … 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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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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