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 Subtle Erosion of Our Trust Equity

People tend to trust you as the come to know you. Then they tend to untrust you as you abuse their trust. This is true in marriage, in church leadership, in business, etc. The erosion of your trust equity can happen overnight, such as when the local news breaks the...

How God Stirs the Heart of a Church Planter

I love church planters! In fact, I believe God called me to minister to church planters in any way possible in any position I ever hold. As a Pastor, I’ve never apologized for bringing plenty of these God-called, Spirit-filled courageous leaders before my church...

Social Media is Two Words

Social… media. Media either exists or it doesn’t. Making media social is the trick, isn’t it? We’re on the verge of burning people out on the phrase, but I can’t seem to come up with any great alternatives. Nonetheless, rather than focus on social media as a career,...
How God Prepares a Heart for Greatness

How God Prepares a Heart for Greatness

Samuel (our son) is now six days old as I write this, and we are already talking about what we’re going to do to prepare him for adulthood. That’s the goal – doing all we can as parents to help him grow up into a well-adjusted, independent, godly...

Three Questions for Pursuing God's Will

One of the most common questions among human beings is, how do I know God’s will? Or sometimes we’ll simply ask, how do I make right and wise decisions? Christians sometimes want to make this issue mystical. In fact, we can be downright superstitious,...

How Important Is Character In Leadership?

There was a recent study that suggested that power increases “moral hypocrisy.” That giving a person power makes that person feel entitled and causes a disconnect in their judgment. It also says that those in high-power positions tend to judge morality of others while...

What Does Discipleship Look Like?

The following video reflects my collection of thoughts from our early Tuesday morning men’s Bible study. I scribbled notes as our men exchanged ideas, Scriptures, and encouragement. My apologies for all the scratching noise – was my paper rubbing against...

Racism is Every Christian's Problem

There are Baptist churches today in America who don’t want African-Americans attending, much less joining. It’s been said that Sunday morning at 11:00 is the most segregated hour in America. I was once confronted by a Deacon who was upset that I had chosen...

The Power of Flexibility in Ministry Leadership

Last year we bought a Nintento Wii and then later, a Wii Fit thingie designed to utterly humiliate me! It sighs when I step on the scale, mocks me for not showing up in xx# of days, and loves to point out how many Yoga moves I can’t do because… I’m...

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