3 Ways a Good Assistant Helps a Leader

Renee, my assistant, was my first hire after getting to Phoenix. She has served me, my family, and our church so well that it is difficult to capture it all in one article. Brian Howard’s article ...

To Plant or Not to Plant

In this final part of this series on my journey to planting a church, I’d like to talk about self-assessment. I believe every planter should be assessed by other experienced planters before they plant the church. ...

One Strategy for Church Planting: Our Story

Seven years ago I had the unique privilege to watch Mullins Association, comprised of 30 or so small churches in south central Oklahoma, become a church planting force. How did one small group of Southern Baptist ...

From Pastor to Planter: A Story of Transition

I have not always known I was called to plant a church. In fact, I feared doing so, and for the majority of my life did not consider myself capable of doing so. In the following ...

What I Wish I Knew

Five years after being planted, Valley Life Church has given birth to three other churches, which is great, so there is a sense in which I wouldn't change a thing. Plus, I love this church, so ...

A Day in the Life: The Church Planter Scramble

We are scrambling…and we haven’t even launched yet. This past Sunday teams from our not-even-out-of-the-womb-yet-church—Valley Life | Arrowhead—gathered up with our sister church—Valley Life | Surprise—to observe and assist as we prepare for our first preview ...

Things I Won’t Do in 2017

In many wonderful ways planting Valley Life Church has been church planting fairy tale. Healthy financial support allowed us time to acclimate to the area without the pressure of starting right away, the leaders quickly fell into ...

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