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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Becoming More Valuable to Your Church

Becoming More Valuable to Your Church

I’m a yes-man. My “daddy issues” generate in me the desire to be wanted, and my generalist skillset allows me to be helpful in a number of different areas. This mixture means I say yes to entirely too many things. Often, I don’t even realize this is the case until I’m completely overloaded and wondering … Continued

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Why We Should Acknowledge Failure

Why We Should Acknowledge Failure

When I was in the fourth grade I wanted to ride a horse. So, I got my little brother Alan to lure one underneath a tree where I would hop on and take off bareback like in the movies. I remember being surprised by the width of his back beneath me and the violence of … 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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Liturgy: A Reason to Sing

Responsive Worship: A Reason to Sing

In his book, Rhythms of Grace, Mike Cosper describes the word liturgy saying, “The word itself comes from two Greek words meaning ‘public work,’ or (as it’s often described) ‘the work of the people.’ To talk about liturgy in its most basic sense is to talk about what the congregation is gathering to do.” Every … 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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Strategic Reasons to Start a Second Service

Our church launched on January 8 this year in an elementary cafeteria. We spent the previous eighteen months incubating at our sending church, meeting new people, building a core team, launching three community groups, letting our service teams practice at a sister church, and holding three preview services. This Easter we launched our second service. … Continued

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Staying on Mission

Don’t Stop Planting: How to Keep Your Church on Mission

Church planter: before you ask if something is good, you must ask what it’s for. You already know this. You have talked to people who view themselves as good without giving a second thought to what they are for. Colossians 1:16 tells them that they were made by God and for God, but they don’t … Continued

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A Plan to Plant: 5 Steps to Take Before Launch

A church plant does not just happen. You must have a plan. It takes time, energy, prayer, much sweat, and many tears. Here are 5 steps you should consider before launching your church. Assessment A planter needs to be measured in a host of competencies: preaching, entrepreneurial leadership, vision casting, a strong marriage (if married), and … Continued

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