Leading Your Family Well

I was lying on the floor, pushing Thomas the Tank Engine around his wooden track, when I realized my young son had been speaking to me for the past 30 seconds, but I hadn’t listened to a word he had said. Instead, I was too preoccupied thinking about the church. Those...

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It Will Be Harder Than You Think

For most of us, the church planting process brings two churches into our lives: 1. The church we think we are going to plant. 2. The church that actually gets planted. It is the men who are able to successfully navigate the distance between these two churches that are...

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Is Your Wife Supportive & Willing to Plant?

Each time I've planted a church or made a major life-decision, I've had to know two vital things about my wife in that particular season. There are certainly many other questions you want to ask, but these two things seem to be pretty important as base-level, initial...

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How to Kill Your Church Plant in 3 Easy Steps

Planting a church is a difficult task. Ask any church planter, and he will tell you. I can also attest to this fact from my own journey in planting, as well as from my experience serving and coaching church planters for years. Even though survival rates have improved...

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Why your church plant needs an oversight team

Every planter needs an oversight team Unless you are planting with a leadership team a in place that has experienced elders who know the challenges and peculiarities of a new church, you’ll want to put together a temporary governance team who can serve as your board...

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Your Reason Why: How Values Fuel the Vision Frame

Let’s face it, everyone is busy. I have yet to meet a person who has told me that they have nothing to do all day (unless your the Dude). Perhaps you have someone say to you, “I would really love to be more involved in your church plant, but I am just too busy.” This...

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Run Your Own Race

As a church planter we are always busy. We are busy from the time that we get the call from God to the time we launch our first public service. Once you have launched your first public service, the question becomes, “How fast do I run now?” I have been leading The...

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Crystal Clear Leadership

One of things that I find most frustrating is not having clear directions.  When driving, I hate getting lost because I didn’t receive clear directions.  When working on an assignment, I get frustrated if the directions are unclear. This also applies to my often felt...

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Building Your Leadership Team, Part 1

“Congratulations, you have been given a conditional green light to plant a church.”

These were the words coming from the mouth of a church planting assessor who was giving me the conclusion of a three day church planting assessment that my wife and I had just taken.

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