The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The church is messy, isn’t it? When I look around, I see that we’re often unsafe for the hurting, unkind to those who don’t see the world the way we do, and unlike Jesus in how we relate to people. We often tack our nationalism, patriotism, racism,...
Escaping the Rat Race of Life and Leadership

Escaping the Rat Race of Life and Leadership

When we lived in southern California, we lived just off the 5 freeway in a neighborhood in Laguna Hills. I still miss being able to keep the balcony sliding door wide open pretty much year round. Know what I don’t miss? The traffic. On the 5 or the 405, a...
3 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Model

3 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Model

We’re so “ether-or” in our viewpoints, aren’t we? We have a tendency to form an opinion, stake a position, and defend it against anything that looks different. Tension can be good. Out of tension flows a creative discussion and differences of...
4 Passionate Desires of a Good Leader’s Heart

4 Passionate Desires of a Good Leader’s Heart

I completely agree with Ken Blanchard, author of Lead Like Jesus, that the greatest leader in all of history is Jesus. My faith convictions about him being the Son of God and Savior of the world aside, his organization should have died long ago if judged only in...
The Difference Between a Church's Mission and a Church's Vision

The Difference Between a Church's Mission and a Church's Vision

One of the more common questions I get to address with pastors and church leaders that I’m coaching is this: what’s the difference between a mission statement and a vision statement? The answer depends on who you’re talking to, to some degree, but...
The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

I’m writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie, Sergeant York, for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old...
5 Things That Are Not So Wrong with the Church

5 Things That Are Not So Wrong with the Church

Because of my role as an Editor and Online Community Facilitator, I’m exposed to a very wide variety of thinking within the modern church. I read blogs by the reformed, the missional, the fundamental, the emerging, the evangelical, and the conservative points of...

Get Out Front! The World Needs You to Lead: 3 Big Challenges

Two thirds of the earth’s surface is water, yet there are places in the world where people will literally go to war over access to clean drinking water. In the same way, there have never been so many books, seminars, and blogs on leadership, yet the culture is...
How to Bring Joy to Your City

How to Bring Joy to Your City

I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts chapter 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in...
Change Your Culture Before Changing Your Structure

Change Your Culture Before Changing Your Structure

If you want to change the trajectory of your church or organization, you need to think about how to create a new culture before you begin creating chaos. I believe that the Pastor of a church is the leader God has chosen as overseer and shepherd of the flock. Nowhere...

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