Why There Should Never Be Another Bored Christian

Why There Should Never Be Another Bored Christian

Some of the best advice I received when we first started planting Grace Hills came from Todd West, who planted Oasis Church in North Little Rock. Todd said, “Don’t give people positions. Give them a project. Then, give them another project. If...
Every Church Staff Team Needs a Little Bit of Friction

Every Church Staff Team Needs a Little Bit of Friction

Eliminate friction!! That’s the goal most of us have when it comes to leading a team, or a church, or a company. But what if friction is actually the key to getting things moving in the right direction. I’m currently in the thick of learning from Todd...
10 Core Values of a Stellar Church Staff

10 Core Values of a Stellar Church Staff

At Grace Hills, one of the most important things we ever talk about is our Code – our Core Values. We talk about these values in every membership class and in most staff meetings. They’ve done more to guide our growth than anything else we’ve written...
5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

In the Jason Bourne series, the assassins (who are the central characters) are referred to by their controlling agency merely as “assets.” They are tools. Or better, they are weapons. Sometimes I fear that within Christian ministry, we fall into the...

Two Conditions for Starting a New Ministry

One of the challenges of church planting is staying lean. I became a Pastor under a programmatic mindset – offer enough things and more people will come. Thankfully, I came across a good book long ago that helped to shift my thinking. Instead of a list of...
3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don’t blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders....
Who Will Be Our Worship Leader at Grace Hills Church?

Who Will Be Our Worship Leader at Grace Hills Church?

The position has been filled. We aren’t hiring a Worship Leader. We’re offering an opportunity to a pioneer. I recently wrote a story about why you might NOT want to join our new church. In that same vein, let me tell you why you might NOT want to be on...

The Primary Purpose of a Church Staff

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling across part of Texas with two associates, David Chrzan (Chief of Staff at Saddleback) and Dave Alford who is doing some preparation work for some big things to come related to church planting. I’m going to take a...

The Five "C's" of Hiring New Staff

I’ve now had the experience of hiring several staff members, and as of last night’s family meeting at Bethel, will soon be hiring another (a part-time worship leader). Each time I’m faced with this task, I remind myself of the five...

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