When God Awakens a City to Himself

When God Awakens a City to Himself

When I say “city,” you can think community, or neighborhood, or metropolitan area, or whatever your context is. The point is the same… I love the picture of Philippi coming to know Jesus through Paul and his friends in Acts, chapter 16. On Saturday,...
Joseph Hayes: Going Big and Bold for Local and Global Ministries

Joseph Hayes: Going Big and Bold for Local and Global Ministries

Men tend to go for broke and build an amazing life for one of two reasons. One, we’re still desperately trying to impress someone, so we drive hard in a plea for affirmation we have yet to receive or accept. And two, we’re desperately trying to change the...
What to Do When Your Church Seems to Be Dying

What to Do When Your Church Seems to Be Dying

No church leader I know wants to see another church close its doors. We need every local church, now more than ever, if we’re going to fulfill the Great Commission as soon as possible. I’m a Baptist who still believes in the perpetuity of biblical, local...
Let's Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Let's Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Jesus told us plainly, don’t talk about a harvest happening someday. Look at the fields that are white for the harvest today. As long as we see the Great Commission as some far off, unreachable goal, we will remain far off from reaching our goal. Earlier today,...
Planting Churches and Popping Bubbles

Planting Churches and Popping Bubbles

When we started planting Grace Hills Church, we moved fast. We had our first public information meeting in July of 2011 and launched in January of 2012. Some planting strategists would make the assumption that we were all about getting to the weekend show and not...

Everybody Belongs In the Church, Including You

I’m white. So when I die, I’ll go to white heaven, right? Actually, a Jewish man named John once had a God-given vision of what heaven would look like, and what he saw was more like “a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and...
Last Night, 5,000 Children Died

Last Night, 5,000 Children Died

Not in a flood. Not in an earthquake. Not in a wave of tornadoes or a political coups. But from hunger. Hunger. It’s that feeling that gnaws at our bellies in the morning because we haven’t had our cheerios yet. But for millions, hunger is a lifestyle with...
The Church Planting Journey Is Rather Personal

The Church Planting Journey Is Rather Personal

According to Brian and Amy Bloye, the two toughest jobs in the world are raising kids, and raising a church. And both tasks are deeply personal. I’m a better church planter for having read It’s Personal. It’s now one of the books I’ll be...
How Churches Can Partner to Plant New Churches

How Churches Can Partner to Plant New Churches

Denominations don’t plant churches.  Churches plant churches. This is why churches should be proactive about church planting rather than waiting for denominational boards and agencies to get the job done. Having said that, most churches don’t have the...

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