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...
5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Purpose Driven Churches

5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Purpose Driven Churches

If the local church is the hope of the world… then we need more local churches. As I write this, I’m a couple of hours away from teaching a lab at Saddleback Church’s Hope Renewed conference on Planting Purpose Driven Churches. I’m a huge believer in...
6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

There is way too much of a mess to clean up all alone! You need some people! And that’s what small groups are for. Sundays are awesome. That’s where we worship with a crowd. But somewhere removed from the crowd I need a few people who are close enough to...
PDC 16 Learning Lab: Planting Healthy, Purpose Driven Churches

PDC 16 Learning Lab: Planting Healthy, Purpose Driven Churches

I’m extremely excited about Purpose Driven Conference 2016 coming up June 28 – 30! It’s the first time in almost a decade that Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church have offered this kind of comprehensive leadership and church health conference...
3 Questions for the Heart of Every Church Leader 

3 Questions for the Heart of Every Church Leader 

This past Sunday was pretty special for Grace Hills Church. After four years of being a portable church plant meeting in two local movie theaters, we moved into our newly renovated space in Rogers, Arkansas. We called it a “soft launch” and reserved the...
It Works! So Let's Keep On Planting New Churches!

It Works! So Let's Keep On Planting New Churches!

“You won’t find a part of this county we don’t already have covered.” A local Pastor said that to me just a couple of months into the pre-launch phase of planting Grace Hills. The most common question I received back then from leaders was...
God Loves Big Thinking

God Loves Big Thinking

Sometimes someone comes to Grace Hills from a larger church because they’re “looking for something smaller.” My reply is always the same. “You’re welcome here, but I hope we let you down.” It’s not that we’ve set out to...
Nogonolo – The Bigger Purpose of God's Power and Presence

Nogonolo – The Bigger Purpose of God's Power and Presence

A former missionary to Bolivia and Missions Director, Jerry Kidd, told the story of a continental conference on missions held in Africa. One unknown speaker stepped to the microphone and proclaimed a single word… “NOGONOLO!“, and then stepped back....
The Three Things We Do Together As a Church

The Three Things We Do Together As a Church

Grace Hills is a simple, purpose driven church. That means that we try to do what we’re told to do by Jesus, and little else. There is plenty of debate today about what a local church ought to look like, with plenty of criticism directed at large churches, in...
The 'Third Place' May Be the Best Place for the Church to Gather

The 'Third Place' May Be the Best Place for the Church to Gather

Home. Work. Hangout. Those are the three places we do life. There’s no better place for the church to gather than right in the middle of the third place – the hangout. Via Wikipedia: In community building, the third place (or third space) is the social...