What the Church Needs Now Is Roots. Deep Roots

I want the church – your church and my church – to grow. I’m encouraged when I see the church effectively demonstrating the love of God and communicating the good news of Jesus to a culture with an ever-evolving language. I’m concerned when I...

8 Questions for Churches at a Life and Death Cultural Crossroads

One of our core values at Grace Hills is, “We stay fast, fluid, and flexible. There are no sacred cows. We embrace the pain of change for the win of seeing more people meeting Jesus.” I wrote that one knowing that of all of our other core values, it would...
The Problem With My Old Church Was…

The Problem With My Old Church Was…

That’s a phrase you will only hear in the modern, western church – particularly in the United States. In first century Jerusalem, if you didn’t like the music, the Pastor, or the amount of perfume Sister Bertha wore, you had to stay and work it out....

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...
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...
8 Reasons to Take a Sunday to Serve Outside the Church Walls

8 Reasons to Take a Sunday to Serve Outside the Church Walls

We called ours We Love NWA because that’s how people refer to our community. Whatever you call it, we’re glad we took a weekend away from having a worship service in our theater to serve our neighbors. We’re not the first, by any means to have a...

Big Prayers I'm Praying for Grace Hills

Grace Hills had its first meeting a year ago and launched six months ago. We’re in our fourth location and we’ve baptized 26 people this year. We average anywhere from 120 to 160 in our Sunday morning worship attendance, depending on how many families are...
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...
A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A casual observer of the modern church planting movement might conclude that we have a generation of leaders who are aggressively launching churches in the same way serial entrepreneurs start new businesses. With the right model, enough talent, and piles of cash, we...
Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

The work of planting a new church will probably kill you. On my first day in Greek Grammar class in Bible college, Dr. Jesse Thomas walked in and stood at the podium to offer a brief welcome, “Welcome to boot camp.” Serious students survived, some even...